Firehouse sirens still necessary in digital age?

There are 12 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 20, 2008, titled Firehouse sirens still necessary in digital age?. In it, Newsday reports that:

The firehouse siren in Center Moriches is a big problem. It interrupts my sleep and my peace.

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Fire fighter

Phoenixville, PA

#213 Jan 2, 2010
Bangkok Bill wrote:
The firemen have to have their little toys,you don't need sirens anymore but how will the little firemen play big firemen without them?
Well if you think that all they are play toys well then think that.But what happens when the power goes out, the house phone is dead, the cell phone is dead and there is no house siren well tell me how a fire fighter like my self know when there is a fire and we need to go. Remember the siren for many is a fail safe. So if the house siren is gone you take the chance of many lives to be harmed in being your own and mine. Think of it like that.
a neighbor

AOL

#214 Jan 3, 2010
If you dont like the sirens noise why did you move into that neighborhood? Move if you dont like it!
Dan

Langhorne, PA

#215 Jan 15, 2010
I completely agree that there's no reason to have those stupid sirens in this day and age. Nobody in his right mind will dispute that amazing job these firefighters do and I'm extremely thankful for it. I do contribute to their money raising drives all the time. We have easily available technology that has made that obsolete. Can you imagine if every police department would blast a siren every time there's a emergency call? And why is it that every time we think of a service we must think that our taxes must go up? Brainwashing anyone?
not saying

United States

#216 Jan 15, 2010
You should be in politics. "And I promise to lower taxes" - gimme a break.
NIMBY wrote:
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Considering the NEWSDAY reported that L.I. has more fire fighting equipment than NYC & LA combined, a full time, island wide, paid dept would probably result in LOWER taxes.
Nancy Drew

Massapequa Park, NY

#217 Jan 16, 2010
How I hate the sound of a siren. To me it means trouble. Poor us, around here they use sirens for every little thing.

Would you believe, they used it on Christmas to say Merry Christmas? How festive. I kept hearing sirens and thought some horrific accident must have taken place like a 50 car pile up.

But no, it was the fire department saying Merry Christmas.

Will wonders ever cease.

People around here have obviously not been taught the story of Crying Wolf.

Thats the story of the little boy who kept crying Help theres a wolf after me! just for fun. Then one day it really happened, and nobody came to help him, because they thought he was just playing around, and the wolf ate him, and he was dead and never heard from again.
Sister Annunziata

Middletown, NY

#218 Apr 28, 2010
They wake up all the nuns too often
rider

New Rochelle, NY

#219 May 20, 2010
siren is bullshit in this digital age..we have raidos..smart phones...or just put a small siren on the volunteer firefighter house........i live couple houses away from the fire house...i see what's going on....if only repeat three times it's ok ...but these f'kers.....repeat the siren for ten times...now ..everybody is moving out of the neibourhood ....our property values reduced......i am my self a responder once....emergency i understand...but don't wake up whole neibourhood for a rear end crash...noinjury......
rider

New Rochelle, NY

#220 May 20, 2010
if anybody know....who should we complain....these bullshit......19Th century technology......they spend a tens of millions of dollars on a new firehouse....in new hyde park..and this is the shit they came up with.....if any body like the siren.....put them one in their house....then they know what we talking about.....unless there is need for massive emergency response....i don't want hear any shit......
Eartha Quake

Massapequa Park, NY

#221 May 21, 2010
I really hate the sound of sirens, please don't overdo it. To me, it means something bad is happening.

Please especially don't use them at Christmastime to say Merry Christmas. Its an abomination.
Home Love

Hampton Bays, NY

#222 Sep 17, 2013
definitely something to explore as a community. i have significant doubt the there are this many fires in westhampton beach DAILY. the alarm sounds like a nuclear bomb warning. there has to be a more efficient way to call for help. we are living in a very scary time now and everytime that alarm sounds it creates panic beyond the responders and it does not serve a purpose for all those who hear it. the families and vacationers to the area have no use for the sound yet are also put on alert for something they can do nothing about. i would love for the town and fire department to explore new and effective technology that would keep the peace in this small town. do we really have to signal noon time with an alarm that sounds like we are being bombed and should all run for bomb shelters?! where are those bomb shelters anyway?. I would love to see a report showing yes.. that alarm that just went off was truly for a fire. church bells at noon.. great! i don't think you will hear a complaint for that in this small town. yet.. nuclear warning bells throughout the day, when we are all living more and more in a state of fear... i think we can evolve and i bet the firemen themselves can come up with an effective solution to both do their wonderful and challenging jobs, and keep the peace in the hearts of those who are not choosing to volunteer as firemen.. most likely choosing not to do so because they can't do such a job.. yet somehow we are all being called to run to the fire department with that loud siren. Try walking into walbaums with a small child when that thing goes off! Or try running a peaceful business locally and have visitors who in their country that sound means duck! serious life threat! Let's create a peaceful town, and honor our men and women who serve with their lives.. yet lets find a way to do it without scaring everyone else in the process. i think we can, i think we can... xo
johnny

Bronx, NY

#224 Nov 12, 2013
trains and planes serve a purpose and no replacements have been invented yet. Fire houses no longer use bells - sirens are antiquated and serve no real purpose. This is the digital age and everyone has a land line or cell or both (or more).
Albert Belle

Ridgewood, NY

#225 Nov 12, 2013
By sounding the alarm, it shows you that they are working, much like the way a PO uses his siren on his car . They have to remind you that they do work for a few minutes during their shift.

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