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Blartowski

West Mifflin, PA

#22 Mar 8, 2013
When I hear the fire whistle blow I feel a great respect for the volunteers that are responding and feel great sadness for those who it is sounding for.
Is the whistle really disrupting your life now?
Wee Woo

Latrobe, PA

#23 Mar 8, 2013
Champ Kind wrote:
and they also don't even blow them during the day for every call, only for calls that require the response from every company.
Almost accurate.
It does NOT blow only when all companies are responding. It can be a partial response out of town where sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. More accurately in being friends with a few VFD members it blows when a truck leaves central station with most likely only a driver. The whistle is to alert others to please provide chase and support the under-crewed truck. Other stations wait for a driver & crew to arrive and therefore dont get a whistle. Living on the edge of Latrobe and Unity, I believe this statement to be slightly more accurate.

You seem educated enough to provide clarification or rebuttal.
sam b

Greensburg, PA

#24 Mar 9, 2013
heard the chief took their little blue lights off of them
Ditch Banger

Latrobe, PA

#26 Mar 9, 2013
SH!T CAN THEM NO NEED FOR IT

PA law provides no special rules to emergency responders, blue light wackers if you will. Blue lights mearly advertise "I'm a fireman on my way to a something". It doesnt give them the right to speed, pass, run stop signs, run red lights or much else. Draws attention which can only turn bad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtesy_lights
Blues r 4 Kmart

Latrobe, PA

#27 Mar 18, 2013
Thanks for the link DitchBanger.
Agree 100%.
RICHARD HUDOK

Pittsburgh, PA

#28 Mar 21, 2013
sam b wrote:
heard the chief took their little blue lights off of them
That was New Alex VFD. who had their blue lights taken away, due to the one kid crashing his truck on the way to a call.
love the whistles

Latrobe, PA

#29 Mar 21, 2013
Seeing this was posted on the 2nd which was the first Saturday of the month. You got to enjoy all the test sirens. You know the disaster drill whistle and the tornado warning. One long siren, not the normal up and down. If you hear that during a storm you better get to the basement.
Saturday

Latrobe, PA

#30 Mar 22, 2013
2 weeks from now at 12 noon you'll get the chance to hear it again. Not the center of excitement for me but hey to each his own I guess.
Jesssgaz

Taylor, MI

#32 Apr 21, 2014
Something going on. Whistle just went off at 10:40pm
3rd Little Bear

Aliquippa, PA

#33 Nov 16, 2015
it is in fact an outdated system, that scares children with sensory issues and many more just people. The City of Greensburg has changed their system and lowered the decibels! YEAH! MANY towns and communities are addressing the decibel level of the sirens.

I can't actually believe I actually read someone's comments that "they make us safer", uh, HOW?!!?! Exactly, how, does it make a life safer?? teach me? My Father (2nd generation fire rescue from a teenager till 70+) I have ate slept and breathed the emergency rescue system, and loved every minute of it. Many family members are first responders, Flight paramedics. So PLEASE, tell me how it does anything more than make people get in the way and delay helps arrival because of curious onlookers, not the adjectives I would like to use.

WHY NOT, focus on teaching every driving person to MOVE TO THE RIGHT, when rescue equipment is coming! That is a genuine problem , that due to my upbringing makes my blood boil to see someone sit there as the clock is ticking. REAL GOALS :) Are obtainable

Since: Jul 15

United States

#34 Nov 20, 2015
As a side note, many other states police cruisers use blue flashing lights. Perverts became firemen in Pennsylvania to obtain these blue becon lights and pull over women at night in West Virginia and Virginia.

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