My name is Sparky Sands, and yes, that’s my legal name. My mom decided it would be cute to put my Dad’s nickname on the birth certificate (his real name is Benjamin).
But the name fits. I’ve been interested in fire alarm systems since preschool, and it wasn’t much later that I started putting together “systems” of my own using old devices, plywood, and scraps of computer cable my dad had lying around the house.
By the time I reached high school, I had amassed a decently-sized alarm collection and acquired my first panel, a Synthex 4004 from the 199X’s. I decided to enter the field professionally, and majored in electrical technology at Punxsutawney Technical College.
I now work as a service technican for the American Fire Alarm Company (that’s Amco with one “A”), a small outfit right here in Hazard City, Pennsylvania.