they stopped using the siren when all the firemen got pagers. You are right, they did not stop right away, it was several years later - after confidence in the pager system was established. The change was suppoed to reduce confusion, also. The fire siren was an undulating wail, the air raid siren (and tornado warning, in that town)was one long tone. Seriously, after 17 tornadoes hit the area in one day, I was glad to be rid of the noise. That first 20 seconds or so as the siren cranked up, not knowing if the pitch would drop down again... it was intense.
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