Fire alarms at UMass Boston

In this topic, I’ll post about the fire alarm systems and any associated events (activations, drills) at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston).

This topic was inspired by @weatherdan882002’s UAlbany topic.

McCormack Hall
Panel: Simplex 4100 (most likely), located in a mechanical room in the basement.
Pull stations: 2099-9795’s


Detectors: Older TrueAlarms

Signals: 4903 speaker/strobes (and some 4904 strobes) in non-renovated areas


Renovated areas have TrueAlert speaker/strobes and remote speakers in stairwells.

Wheatley Hall
Panel: Simplex 4100U, located near the service elevator.
Pull stations: 4099-9003’s


Detectors: TrueAlarms
Signals: TrueAlert speaker/strobes in most areas, and remote speakers in stairwells.

Quinn Administration Building
Panel: Simplex 4100U, located in the main electrical room. There’s also a 4603-9101 annunciator at the entrance.


Pull stations:
4251-20’s in most areas, 2099-9138’s in the old substructure parking levels, and 4099-9003’s and some 4099-9006’s in renovated areas.




Detectors: TrueAlarms

Signals: 4041 horns on 4050-80 light plates in non-renovated areas.

One 4041 was replaced with a 4901-series horn.

Some have been replaced with Wheelock AS horn/strobes.

Parts of the second floor have TrueAlert horn/strobes.

Renovated areas have TrueAlert speaker/strobes. (the main lobby was partially renovated and is open on multiple floors, so it has some 4041+4050-80’s, a TrueAlert speaker/strobe, a TrueAlert horn/strobe, and an AS nearby… this system must be a very interesting one to hear)

The old substructure parking levels have Wheelock ET70WP speaker/strobes.

Healey Library
Panel: Simplex 4100U, located in a closet in a basement storage room.
Pull stations: 4251-20’s


…one 2099-9103…

…and one first-generation RSG RMS-1T rebranded by Aames Security.

A portion of the basement has 2099-9756’s.

The refurbished 11th floor has 4099-9006’s.

Detectors: Fire Alert FT-200’s (really old ionization detectors) in the library stacks and computer labs.


There are also some rebranded Chemetronics 400-series heat detectors.

System Sensor 2451’s at elevators.

The aforementioned portion of the basement has some non-addressable TrueAlarms.

Some 2098-9201’s can be found here and there.

The refurbished 11th floor has addressable TrueAlarms.

Signals: 4051 horns on 4050-80 light plates in most areas.


Some have been replaced with Wheelock Exceder horn/strobes.

Some restrooms have TrueAlert remote strobes.

The basement (which houses an auditorium), as well as the refurbished 11th floor, have TrueAlert speaker/strobes.


I’m rather surprised that only the basement and 11th floor had voice evacuation installed.

Bayside/Corcoran Jennison Building - UMass Boston has some space in this nearby off-campus building. Because it’s off-campus, the fire alarm system is different from the ones on campus.
Panel: Notifier system of some sort, probably an NFS2-640 (there’s an LCD2-80 annunciator at the entrance.)


Pull stations: Mix of older BNG-1’s, BGX-101L’s, and NBG-12LX’s.



Detectors: SDX-551’s and FSP-751’s, and some System Sensor 2400’s.



There’s also at least one FSP-951IV.

Signals: Wheelock 7002, NS, AS, and MT-24-LSM horn/strobes, and RSS remote strobes.





There’s also at least one SAE VA4 horn/strobe.

A restroom has a Gentex GXS strobe.

Campus Center
Panel: Simplex 4100U, located in the security office.
Pull stations: 4099-9003’s in most areas, 2099-9139’s in the parking garage.



Detectors: TrueAlarms

Signals: TrueAlert speaker/strobes

The parking garage also has some Wheelock ET-1010 speakers and RSSWP strobes.

University Hall
Panel: Simplex 4100ES, located in the Fire Command Center near the entrance.
Pull stations: 4099-9006’s in most areas.


The passageway between this building and the Campus Center has 2099-9138’s.

Detectors: TrueAlarms

Signals: TrueAlert speaker/strobes, and some remote speakers.



The aforementioned passageway has TrueAlert ES strobes next to Wheelock ET-1010 speakers.

Service and Supply Building
Pull stations: 4251-20’s


There’s also one 2099-9754.

Detectors: 4255-1 heat detectors

Signals: 4051 horns on 4050-80 light plates

The loading dock area has a Wheelock AS horn/strobe.

Integrated Sciences Complex
Panel: Simplex 4100ES, located in the Fire Command Center near the entrance.
Pull stations: 4099-9003’s


Detectors: TrueAlarms

The lobby atrium has Bosch beam detectors.

Signals: TrueAlert speaker/strobes and remote speakers

Clark Athletic Center
Panel: Simplex 4100U, located in the lobby.


Pull stations: 4251-20’s, and at least one first-generation RSG RMS-1T rebranded by Aames Security.


Detectors: TrueAlarms, and some System Sensor i3’s.


The restrooms have Chemetronics heat detectors.

Signals: 4051 horns on 4050-80 light plates


Some have been replaced with Wheelock AS and Exceder horn/strobes.


The restrooms have Gentex GX-90 mini-horn/strobes rebranded by Simplex.

A storage room has a TrueAlert horn/strobe.

Utility Plant
Same as Wheatley (panel located in control room)

Residence Halls (West & East)
Same as University Hall (panel located in Fire Command Center near the entrance)

West Garage
Panel: Simplex 4100ES, located in the tel/data room at the vehicle exit.
Pull stations: 2099-9144’s


Signals: Wheelock ASWP horn/strobes

In McCormack Hall, a defective 2099-9795 was recently replaced with a 4099-9006.

That’s so cool! I like Simplex Truealerts. Their appearance is the best part.

Details and cause in description.

I generally don’t like being a snitch… but when University Hall’s fire alarm system has a supervisory and multiple troubles for at least 9 months and there’s no construction going on anywhere in the building, I think that’s grounds for filing a report, which I did.


As you can see, my report led to the issues being resolved!

Two videos from earlier this month.

University Hall had an alarm today. I know it wasn’t a drill since BFD and campus police were present. I’ll ask around to figure out the cause.

Update: The cause of the alarm was a “faulty water pump” (which likely means water leaked into a smoke detector.) No foul play.