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Reeseverett

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Mar 2, 2013
So I have a question, what is up with all of the damn fire whisles today? i mean come on, one goes off near first ward, then another one goes off I think its in derry. Why is it that they are so loud. I mean I got to sleep for work, and the whole damn area does not need to know about a cat up a tree, or a small fire. Other people got lives, I am about to look for a place out in the country. Anyways, I am not trolling and do not want to fight on this site, but does anyone else have experience with this, and what is your opinion? They would be nice lol.
Agreed

Beaver Falls, PA

#2 Mar 2, 2013
Oh boy. Here we go. Don't talk bad about the whackers in the area they think they run the town. I agree the whistles are outdated. They all carry radios and pagers I saw this guy at Walmart one time who had his radio strapped on him like a big shot. There has to be a better way
I love the fire whistles

Carlisle, PA

#3 Mar 2, 2013
I love the fire whistles...

They used to go off at the change of work shifts everyday, and at noon, and they "marked time" in Latrobe.

They also were sounded for fires, and at the end, short whistles were made to designate the wards (one for each ward), so people knew where the firemen needed to go.

Also, there was a way that the main whislte, I think aqt Standard Steel was blown, to indicate if it was a serious fire, and to alert all the men working in the mills to leave their jobs and come and help with a true potential catastrophe.

The whistles were a way to get the volunteer firemen to the right part of Latrobe, since a lot of people did not have phones...

I would like to see Latrobe implement the steam whistles again, to recreate that "old world" feel and sound of a "community".

Oh, did I say that they sounded every day at lunch? everyone knew it was lunchtime, and kids knew when to stop playing and to go home.

I vote for maintaining a piece of Latrobe history.
Reeseverett

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Mar 2, 2013
Jesus, they may have been good for their time.
But there is no bloody need to wake up every resident or to scare the crap out of someone who is in the shower having sex with his woman, or on the shitter.
I was on the shitter today, and those stupid whistles go off, bout gave me a heart attack. And i am used to my niece and nephew scaring me in the middle of the night with a chucky or tiffany doll, or better yet with a huge gorilla, i bought my nephew for xmas.
So i dont know how much more my heart can take. Yep the whole town of latrobe and derry or anywhere else need to be alarmed about Miss Granny whose cat got out again and is somewhere in legion keener up a tree doing god knows what to a squirrel. Or some old bugger forgot to turn off the stove again before beddy byes.
I mean come on, like I said their are far more advanced ways to alert the good old boys. Come on good old latrobe, get updated with 2013.
Champ Kind

Greensburg, PA

#6 Mar 2, 2013
Well it's been at least six months since someone's complained about the fire department, guess its time again. For those that don't know, the 3 sirens are only tested on first Saturday of the month, and it is a test of the city's disaster system, which is required by law. The other Saturday's it is only sounded once for test. Also the fire department is kind and considerate enough to not blow the sirens from 9PM to 7AM unless there is an actual fire in the City, and they also don't even blow them during the day for every call, only for calls that require the response from every company. We aren't a bunch of blue light whackers, many of us are very professional with our actions, however sadly with everything, there are a few bad apples no matter wherever you go. Also some of those who you speak of may be from outlying departments in Unity Township or elsewhere. If any of you have complaints, contact the Central Fire Station and they can get you in touch with the chief.
I love the fire whistles

Carlisle, PA

#7 Mar 2, 2013
Champ Kind wrote:
Well it's been at least six months since someone's complained about the fire department, guess its time again. For those that don't know, the 3 sirens are only tested on first Saturday of the month, and it is a test of the city's disaster system, which is required by law. The other Saturday's it is only sounded once for test. Also the fire department is kind and considerate enough to not blow the sirens from 9PM to 7AM unless there is an actual fire in the City, and they also don't even blow them during the day for every call, only for calls that require the response from every company. We aren't a bunch of blue light whackers, many of us are very professional with our actions, however sadly with everything, there are a few bad apples no matter wherever you go. Also some of those who you speak of may be from outlying departments in Unity Township or elsewhere. If any of you have complaints, contact the Central Fire Station and they can get you in touch with the chief.
True Story...

When I organized that little neighborhood event, August on the Avenues,(yard sales, lemondade stands, cookie sales), I went to the Fifth Ward fire hall and asked if they'd blow the whistle at 8:00 am to start the event.

The guy at the hose house said,

"Man, in all the years I've worked here, you're the first one to come in and ask us to blow the whistle. Most people come in and complain, and we get a lot of people, who come in and beg us not to blow it -- during their wedding ceramony at the church on Avenue B".

I was all bummed out that they wouldn't blow the whistle!

It's like a free -- thing that can signal something special.

"Ma'am, you're the first one to ever ask us to blow the whistle."
Whistle Blower

Latrobe, PA

#8 Mar 3, 2013
Only thing blowing at 8AM Saturday better be a her, followed there after by a home cooked breakfast for rolling me out a bed so early.
Paper Reader

Irwin, PA

#9 Mar 3, 2013
The whistles on Saturday were a disaster alert system test. The whistles were here and working when you moved in or were born, they will be here after your gone. Get used to it. Some of us enjoy them. They are nostalgic to me...the whistle would blow and gramma would get up and go into her bedroom to turn on her scanner to see what was going on. The old scanner that had the row of red lights that lit up one by one. I miss her. The whistles remind me of those good old days. And whats weird, is after all these years, i hear them go off, the first thing I do is go turn on my scanner. The previous comment about the 'blowing' on Saturday morning was pretty funny though!
Whos Line

Indiana, PA

#10 Mar 5, 2013
Champ Kind wrote:
Well it's been at least six months since someone's complained about the fire department, guess its time again. For those that don't know, the 3 sirens are only tested on first Saturday of the month, and it is a test of the city's disaster system, which is required by law. The other Saturday's it is only sounded once for test. Also the fire department is kind and considerate enough to not blow the sirens from 9PM to 7AM unless there is an actual fire in the City, and they also don't even blow them during the day for every call, only for calls that require the response from every company. We aren't a bunch of blue light whackers, many of us are very professional with our actions, however sadly with everything, there are a few bad apples no matter wherever you go. Also some of those who you speak of may be from outlying departments in Unity Township or elsewhere. If any of you have complaints, contact the Central Fire Station and they can get you in touch with the chief.
You sir are a wanna be......
Past Blast

Latrobe, PA

#11 Mar 5, 2013
I can relate to the whistles in town but would like to carify an earlier post. The ones from the mills sounding off at 7,12,3 were steam operated.
The steam whistle at Gertrude and Jefferson would also sound off the wards after the main fire whistles had blown. It also sounded off then the call was over.

The fire whistles went off for anything where the FD was needed. No pagers, cell phones, or fancy devices this was THE SOUND to get everyone moving. Companies would radio the paid driver or central and request the location. An old bearcat scanner with 33.70 plus a few other frequencies was all you had.

Today there's multitude of frequencies, digital scanners with 500 channel capability, pagers, cell phone notification, radios and repeater systems that can talk across the county.

Technology has certainly changed things.

“Operation Duck Face”

Since: May 11

Quackers 4 You

#12 Mar 6, 2013
I bet if your house was on fire you'd want the sirens to blow.
Nope

Greensburg, PA

#13 Mar 6, 2013
ArtGal wrote:
I bet if your house was on fire you'd want the sirens to blow.
Why would I? I am pretty sure they would still respond. It is an outdated system that has no reason to belong anymore.
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#14 Mar 6, 2013
Nope wrote:
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Why would I? I am pretty sure they would still respond. It is an outdated system that has no reason to belong anymore.
It's not just for fires and firemen. I thought it was to also act as an early warning system for the public. If you hear the siren blowing for a long time or in intermittent bursts for a long time...it would indicate that there is something wrong worth investigating on the TV or radio. It was designed as an alarm for an enemy attack during the cold war, but today is supposed to alert for severe weather like a tornado.

Tornado Warning

Carlisle, PA

#15 Mar 6, 2013
Redneck wrote:
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It's not just for fires and firemen. I thought it was to also act as an early warning system for the public. If you hear the siren blowing for a long time or in intermittent bursts for a long time...it would indicate that there is something wrong worth investigating on the TV or radio. It was designed as an alarm for an enemy attack during the cold war, but today is supposed to alert for severe weather like a tornado.
I remember when I was "home" and the whisltes sounded as a tornado warning. After 18-years growing up in Latrobe, and visiting, and then living again in Latrobe as a middle-aged adult:

-----I had never heard anything like the tornado whisltes of the early 2000s.

It was indeed a good and solid system to let people know that something serious was about to happen. I called my elderly neighbors next door to let them know "why" the sirens were sounding. I called a few people, who might need to make palns to be safe.

The sounds of the whistles -- the sounds of "old Latrobe" -- stimulate the senses, and do indeed create a communication system that marks time, divides days, and alerts people to emergencies.

Again, I vote that the old steam whistles return to divide the days of people in a small rural town, to denote work start times, lunch times and ends of shifts.

The poster above was also correct when the poster stated:

-----the whistle was blown to signal the end of the emergency.

I had forgotten that, and remember how my mother was always glad to hear the end whistle.

The whistles were (and could be again) a community-building part of life in Latrobe.

-----So what if everyone has cell phones now, the whistles were so much more -- emotionally -- to the town's collective consciousness.

“Operation Duck Face”

Since: May 11

Quackers 4 You

#16 Mar 6, 2013
Redneck wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not just for fires and firemen. I thought it was to also act as an early warning system for the public. If you hear the siren blowing for a long time or in intermittent bursts for a long time...it would indicate that there is something wrong worth investigating on the TV or radio. It was designed as an alarm for an enemy attack during the cold war, but today is supposed to alert for severe weather like a tornado.
Hi Redneck! Logic does not compute! Why, those darn sirens interrupt sleep... Get rid of them!
Nope

Greensburg, PA

#17 Mar 6, 2013
Redneck wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not just for fires and firemen. I thought it was to also act as an early warning system for the public. If you hear the siren blowing for a long time or in intermittent bursts for a long time...it would indicate that there is something wrong worth investigating on the TV or radio. It was designed as an alarm for an enemy attack during the cold war, but today is supposed to alert for severe weather like a tornado.
Then use it for the emergencies such as the example listed. No reason for it to go off for a fire in which they will report to regardless if they heard the siren or not.
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#18 Mar 6, 2013
I'm not a fireman, but I was told that the only time the sirens go off is when there isn't a sufficient number of responders from using the pagers.

The few times they do go off doesn't seem worthy of all the clamor. I can't remember the last time I heard it go off at night. As far as interupting sleep, I doubt there are that many sleeping at noon on a Saturday.
White School Road

Greensburg, PA

#19 Mar 6, 2013
Each and every weekend from about 9 P.M until normally 3 or 4 A.M the siren will sound a number of times. Throughout the week we hardly ever hear it but on the weekends it gets the neighbors dogs a howling. Doesn't bother me but do know a few neighbors that have mentioned it before.
Elite1

Blairsville, PA

#20 Mar 6, 2013
Hey Reeseverett.....if you ever need help, don't call 911! We don't want the whistle to bother you. If you don't like it, move. Jagoff....
Reeseverett

Pittsburgh, PA

#21 Mar 7, 2013
Elite1 wrote:
Hey Reeseverett.....if you ever need help, don't call 911! We don't want the whistle to bother you. If you don't like it, move. Jagoff....
Well since I could care less, I wont I would put it out myself or just die in the fire, since I already am clinically diagnosed with cancer, I would rather go down that way, so you sir can go yourself, you sodding gringo!

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