Inspector Sands at Paddington today.

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  1. AM9

    AM9 Established Member

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    Whilst waiting for the11:36 to West Ruislip an 'Inspector Sands in the baggage area' call went out. Anybodyk ow what it was?
     
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  3. Saint66

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    From the London Paddington Twitter feed:

    London Paddington ‏@NetworkRailPAD 1h1 hour ago
    Inspector Sands will be testing our fire alarm from 1100-1130 this morning including the evacuation messages. Thanks for yr cooperation.
     
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    Yup Tuesday is fire alarm test day
     
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    I managed to be at both London Victoria and London Bridge for their fire alarm tests last week. And one of them forgot to announce it was a test... oops! But if you hear a fire alarm or Inspector Sands call go off at 1000hrs/1100hrs exactly on a weekday at a London terminal, you will find it does very often turn out to be a test.
     
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    I was at Leeds a few months ago when they had the test. It was all announced before they played the sirens and the evacuation announcements. Despite this, two slightly hapless trolley people (who were probably talking and didn't hear the announcement before it) started trying to usher everyone off the platform. A few followed their instruction, while most didn't and some were just confused. I worked on the basis that as no-one on any other platform (including station staff) were making any moves, these two were just been dozy!
     
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    I have just extracted this from another Forum but don't know if the codes apply universally or not.

    From The Independent

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    if you've ever wondered what the person on the London Underground tannoy was talking about when they referred to "Inspector Sands", be comforted by the fact that you are definitely not alone.

    The numbered codes are for cleaning staff, and are used by station announcers to direct them to mess.

    However, it is important to note that while "Inspector Sands" is the same for every single station, 1-6 are cleaning codes and are not necessarily used in the same order across the network

    Here are the codes and what they mean:

    Code 1: Blood

    Code 2: Urine/Faeces

    Code 3: Vomit

    Code 4: Spillage

    Code 5: Broken glass

    Code 6: Litter

    Code 7: Anything not fitting these categories (the mind boggles)

    Inspector Sands: A fire alarm has been operated and staff have two minutes to come to the control room - if they don't check it automatically evacuates the station.
     
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    They're supposed to go to the point where its been activated not always the control room.
     
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    Vomit gets a separate code from Urine/Faeces? Snobs :P
     
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    Reading was on high alert the other evening; the platform evacuation message - duly disregarded by all in the vicinity :D - was in full swing after somebody committed a faux pas in the Delice de France. Sacre bleu!
     
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    If a passenger got on a train they didn't have a ticket for following instructions of a platform evacuation message would they get in trouble?
     
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    They shouldn't be getting on a train during an evacuation.
     
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    Not strictly true...Providing the signalling centre isn't at the station, if you've got a loaded and crewed up train, dispatching it (early if necessary) clears a couple of hundred people from the station. It can always wait time at the next station.
     
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    If its loaded and ready to go then yes but that's different from telling people to get on a train during an evacuation and is something I would never advocate and from memory isn't allowed.
     
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    Depending on what station it is, using trains to evacuate those who are disabled or in wheelchairs can be the quickest (and sometimes only) option.
     
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    I'm going to say that they almost certainly worked for TP's catering contractor
     
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    I would hope that there are already staff in the control room! Staff coming in are no use if the alarm is elsewhere.
     
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    Inspector Sands gets about you know. You hear announcements made for him at Manchester Piccadilly too.;)
     
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    Sounds like something that would come out of a supermarket self checkout if you set it on fire in frustration...
     
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    What if a real person with the surname 'Sands' applies for a job as an inspector? Would they be ruled out because of their name?
     
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    Nah but he would be rushed off his feet being called everywhere :lol:
     
  22. matt_world2004

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    Really during a fire alert at warren street the tube driver pulled into the station and kept the doors closed,and then made the following announcement " due to a fire alert at this station do not leave this train, the doors will open to allow passengers to evacuate the platform. And then opened the doors.
    --- old post above --- --- new post below ---
    People will evacuate a location may know that.and not all stations are terminuses.
     
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