The old Sortavala central fire station was known as ”Hyökvahti”. The name was derived from the Swedish word “Högvakt”, meaning Main Guard. In this photo from 1880 we can see the alarm bell of the Hyökvahti, which was used to alert people that there was a fire. In case of a major fire church bells were also rung. In everyday life, however, the main use of the Hyökvahti was to serve as a drunk tank. When the new fire station was finished the Hyökvahti buildings were torn down.