Fire company sirensSubmitted by ramicio on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:11
I noticed this a few years ago and never really seeked out any information on it. Fire houses used to have a loud siren that would go off before they would leave the fire house. All of them in my area did it up until about a decade ago (my best guess). Why did they stop doing this? Was it the penetration of the mobile technology, people being complaining about disrupted by it or just getting people's minds trained to not having any alert systems for bad things coming? I don't really buy the mobile penetration thing. Pagers have been out for decades. I also noticed that the trucks have been more obnoxious in their siren usage since this has happened. It will be midday and they will go down a small neighborhood street blaring the hell out of their sirens, honking their horns like assholes, and it's just deafening and annoying. I don't see the need for all of those sounds beyond just a regular siren. But then again in my area they aren't professionals, they are volunteers, and are usually dumb hicks.