Fire company to silence sirens

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Lester

Gettysburg, PA

#1 Dec 13, 2010
If you don't like our siren in town, move back to Maryland.
chill

York, PA

#2 Dec 13, 2010
Ok just because people move to pa from maryland doesn't make them bad. I'm pretty sure its America..people move all around, get over yourself. But it is sad to see the sirens go, eventually sirens will be a thing of the past :(
say what

Gettysburg, PA

#3 Dec 13, 2010
"There is nothing worse than getting woken up three times a night. They are right behind our house."said Mary Jo Higinbotham, owner of Higinbotham's Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room on Lincoln Way West.

Hey lady! There is a lot of stuff worse. These wonderful volunteers are putting their lives on the line to save homes and lives as you go back to sleep. Maybe you used the wrong words, but I am never going to recommend your 'bed and breakfast' to anyone. I think you have a lousy attitude and should move back to the city.
happy

Hanover, PA

#4 Dec 13, 2010
Now can we get rid of the one in Hampton too???
Former Chief

Sylvania, GA

#5 Dec 13, 2010
Yes it's sad to have another tradition leave my home county. Let's hope that Happy Days will come again Wayne
Freedom Rider

Baltimore, MD

#6 Dec 13, 2010
What happens if we need it for a natural disaster such as a tornato or a civil emergency. I say keep the sirens going in every little town until all the Baltimore City folks go back were they came from. I guess the cow manure will be next.
from L-town

Orrtanna, PA

#7 Dec 13, 2010
Freedom Rider wrote:
What happens if we need it for a natural disaster such as a tornato or a civil emergency. I say keep the sirens going in every little town until all the Baltimore City folks go back were they came from. I guess the cow manure will be next.
I guess you didn`tread he whole article. Try going back to it and read the LAST paragraph.
from L-town

Orrtanna, PA

#8 Dec 13, 2010
Sorry for the misspelling. Fingers and cold don`t mix well.
MD Dude

Gettysburg, PA

#9 Dec 13, 2010
Lester wrote:
If you don't like our siren in town, move back to Maryland.
I guess you would like me to take back all the money I spent at local places of business and local contractors to build my new home. I can also take all the school tax money (I have no children) and property tax money back too. If you like I can stop patronizing local restaurants, shops and vendors too. These comments get old, can someone please explain to me exactly how Marylanders moving here have ruined everything? Last time I checked most of us have decent jobs and pour a fair amount of money into the local economy.
New Oxford resident

Carlisle, PA

#10 Dec 13, 2010
The daytime siren was very useful in alerting people in town that firefighters would be responding quickly. I certainly hope the savings in money and the silence to neighboring properties will be worth it IF a senior citizen or child is trying to cross the street and can't get out of the way fast enough to avoid getting hit by a responding VOLUNTEER or a piece of equipment.
Annon

Owings Mills, MD

#11 Dec 13, 2010
If these businesses moved in after the fire department was there, than it is not right to stop the sirens. They knew what they were moving next to. Stop whining about a little noise. Move your bed and breakfast somewhere else lady.
Doody

Gettysburg, PA

#12 Dec 13, 2010
chill wrote:
Ok just because people move to pa from maryland doesn't make them bad. I'm pretty sure its America..people move all around, get over yourself. But it is sad to see the sirens go, eventually sirens will be a thing of the past :(
Unless they are from Maryland> GET OUT!
memyself

Gettysburg, PA

#13 Dec 13, 2010
The sirens also alert the citizens that something is wrong and to be on the lookout for fire personnel to get to the fire hall,and it lets you know fire apparatice will be coming down the road soon and you can watch for them so you can get out of their way. I think its a very stupid decision to stop using them because it's a noise that hurts some poor peoples ears.If it was your bed and breakfast on fire in the middle of the night, Im sure you would want that siren going to alert the firemen to get there asap.Maybe if your place burns one night you'll change your mind.Then it will be too late.So all I have to say to you- and your bed and breakfast- is WWAAAAAAAA

“The Horse Stops Here”

Since: May 08

Littlestown,Pa

#14 Dec 13, 2010
With the huge fire at Soy Energy i hope they at least keep the sirens active in case of toxic fumes or smoke from a fire , truck accident or even a train derailment so everyone can be alerted in an emergency.Also many volunteers are also farmers.The sirens were to alert them of a fire.And what if a few people do not have the pagers turned on. I would keep the sirens just in case.I am not a fireman but at least when the sirens went off i knew there was some type of Emergency but now i wont know until WGAL breaks into the programing and Kim Lemon tells me to evacuate.Ok folks its time to put up the KEEPTHESIRENS signs beside the ProCasino and NOCasinoGettysburg signs.Just kidding but i hope some people get the point i am making.As far as Marylanders moving here we need more of you guys as MD Dude states. They pay taxes Too!
whomever

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Dec 13, 2010
Whine, whine, whine. I'll bet the whiners are the first to complain or sue when their homes or businesses goes up in flames.
L-Town girl

Marysville, PA

#16 Dec 13, 2010
Maybe Littlestown should do the same.
L-Town girl

Marysville, PA

#17 Dec 13, 2010
Freedom Rider: the end of the article addresses the fact that the sirens will be used for warnings etc. Read the whole article.
Hmmm

La Crosse, WI

#18 Dec 13, 2010
say what wrote:
"There is nothing worse than getting woken up three times a night. They are right behind our house."said Mary Jo Higinbotham, owner of Higinbotham's Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room on Lincoln Way West.
Hey lady! There is a lot of stuff worse. These wonderful volunteers are putting their lives on the line to save homes and lives as you go back to sleep. Maybe you used the wrong words, but I am never going to recommend your 'bed and breakfast' to anyone. I think you have a lousy attitude and should move back to the city.
I guess she didn't notice that fire hall right behind her house when she bought it????
just my opinion

York, PA

#19 Dec 13, 2010
Didn't they always use pagers to notify of a fire? Seriously, someone who works in Hanover is going to hear the siren in New Oxford calling for help. I highly doubt it. They would have to have another way to reach firefighters.

While I agree that the siren alerts those of us driving, walking, etc. to watch for firefighters, those firefighters need to be watching out for people too. I am thankful for firefighters and the job they do, but a blue light (or whatever color a firefighter uses) doesn't give them the right to disregard their surroundings and expect everyone to look out for them. They need to be careful as well. Getting there quickly does you no good if you cause an accident in the process.
killer

Hanover, PA

#20 Dec 13, 2010
What about pagers, no one in this town has a new minter fire or ems pager, last time I checked every volunteers was issued one, so why do you still use the siren. Use it for other emergency issues stop the noise pollution.

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