In 2006 the fire boxes were removed due to lost of reliability and cost of bringing system back up to par. The decision was made based on the fact that almost everyone has access to a phone or cellphone.
We installed a emergency call button at the front door direct to the 911 system in case of emergencies when no one was at firehouse. We also installed a finger print reader to eliminate the need to key access to building. This also made it easier for our maintenance people to access the building when they needed to do their repairs.