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    We run our sirens no matter how much people like it or dont like it,then of course,we are located in a Rural/Urban Interface Community with rough terrain and we have to cover a distance of a 25 mile radius not to mention our radios arent the best in the world from down in gullies,washes and behind mountains so we use 3 sirens atop 3 different hillsides in 3 different locations plus the one above our firehouse.Due to the fact we are in a rural area with no utilities,its quite hard for us to deal with pagers and so forth.And anyone wondering how we run these sirens..they are operated by 120v inverters supplied by 12V batteries and solar panels.We also have a station button that activates all the sirens at once so the entire area is covered but anyways back to the subject at hand,we really dont care who or who does not like it,its like this...no sirens,no response.


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    We also use the siren and pager system. Recently, we went thru the battle of sounding the siren and won. People complained and were told that it was a warning device to warn motorist and others that the FD was called, watch out!

    We did make a few changes in our rules, from 10pm until 6am, we are activated by pager & 2 way alert. If it is something on the extreme minor side, a few of us upper people are just paged thru alpha pagers and call in.

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    I actually wish my department had sirens. As an explorer, we kind of get the reject pagers, of course. I live about 4 blocks away from my station. One day after school I heard on my pager "...Maple Grove Ladder 31 in service with a crew of 5..." Needless to say if we had a siren...or I had better pager, we could have had a full crew.

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    We have used a siren for the 22 yrs I have been on our department. We only blow it 8am - 9pm for all calls.
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    If you don't respond.....who will

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    Wink Sirens

    In my area (Virginia) we use pagers only no sirens.

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    I have been on my department for 14 years and we set off our siren for structure fires is cycles for 1 minute tornados its a steady wail for 3 minutes. They had quit setting it off for our Sunday meetings until the preachers in town complained because the Sunday attendance was down so we still set it off.

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    In Syracuse. We use both paging and sirens from 6am till 10pm. then paging only after that. We do have servel building that our on automatic alarm. Schools, hopspital and the old folks home.

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    Our department use's a siren, pager's and a fire phone if somebody dials the emergency number it rings at the members house and we know what is going on then with a hit of the button pager goes off siren goes off for about a minute no complant's. The siren has been used for 60 years. People have learned to live with it I supose.

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    The Dept. that I was with for many years still uses a siren to notify the community of a call. Community? I will get to that. There are 2 different signals 1 for fire/MVA/ect. and 1 for EMS. As said by the Mayor a few years ago, the siren lets the people that live near the station know that the firefighters are going to be on the road. This gives the citizens the opportunity to protect themselves by not being on the roads at the same time.

    That may sound kind of bad, but in these modern times all most sirens do is upset the public. There are so many options of notifying personnel that the siren has become obsolite. Or has it? What if your paging system fails? How would you notify the firefighters then?

    In my oppinion it is a good thing to keep around, but so that it would lessen any complaints, save it for if your paging system fails. If you were to only use it in this situation then the public would be happy, and when the firefighters hear it they know that something is wrong. (unless you are testing it).

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    Canton Township Fire (Canton,Ohio) We only use our for tornado/civil warnings.... so when our residents hear it there is something wrong (other than weekly tests) we are dispatched for fire and ems through pagers.... i like the sound of the "big monsters" to bad we couldn't put them on our trucks!!!!

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    Well in my borough our siren activates for everything from ems to structre fires now for ems calls it blows different then for fires and stuff but we have yet to recieve a complaint and i dont see us doing anything about it if there is. Why you ask well heres the thing. Our Dept is 100% Vol. and 94% give or take of our members have any type of pagers (minitor 1 2 or 4)we just cant afford to buy everyone one so therefor how can they know if we have a call.Also in case you dont have a minitor 4 that you use on low band let me tell you they stink, sometimes it wont go off and what if its being fixed? So in my opiniion and only my opinion the use of the siren is a great back up and when theres an emergency you cant afford to have someone not know that their help is needed.

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    We have Air Horns thatr are located on the Water Tower.
    1 for Speical Assignments
    2 for only EMS Calls
    4 For Fire(everything that covers under fire dept) Rescue(MVC's, etc)

    and also the paging systems
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    My department uses both a siren and pagers. It goes of once for tests, three times when the fire department is needed and does not go off if only the rescue squad is needed. I have never heard of any complaints, but that does not mean there are none.

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    Our Fire whistle is unable to be found to be activated the button that is i keep hitting the one that says co #1 siren but nothing happens got to go byebye

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    We used to use the siren Too many complaints. I can think of
    2 calls when pager system was down that responce time would
    have been better with the siren {beats having dispatch call your
    house to get someone to get you on a cell} besides that I miss the
    awsome sound makes your heart stop then go like mad

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    Thumbs up Firehouse Sirens

    The sirens at our local fire department, is fairly dim, so that only the fire department can hear them.
    Firefighters are beneficial to every community with the wealth of information they have!

    They don't get enough praise, for the information and skills they know! It could save your life one day!!!!!

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    We no longer use our siren, because of the people who lived right behind the fire house, started complaining last year...they moved into that house how everv many years ago and only started complaining last year. but what ever, the districtfigured they were right, b/c we use, minitor's now and most everyone in the dept. has a scanner, so why bother with the horns?? So hense the dept has shut them down except for 0600, 1200, and 1800. only other time it will blow is if a funeral passes by.

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