The dispatchers who work here handle all of Queens's FDNY-related 911 calls, as well as alarms coming in from fire call boxes (like the one at right, painted red) and building fire detectors.
This structure stands out from its siblings in the Bronx and Brooklyn, which look quite similar to each other.
The inscription above the center window reads "FIRE ALARM TELEGRAPH STATION F.D.N.Y." This dates back to the days when fires were reported via telegraphic street-corner pull-box alarms. Many of the old telegraphic call boxes still exist in Queens, although the aforementioned box at right is one of the newer telephonic ones with separate FDNY and NYPD call buttons.