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Fire Departments: Sirens Still Serve a Purpose [POLL]

Despite being considered a nuisance they are still functional, according to a report in The Village Times Herald.

Despite systems which allow volunteer firefighters to be reached via text message, cell phones and pagers, fire sirens still have a presence in several north shore communities, according to a report published Thursday in The Village Times Herald.

Fire departments in St. James, Nesconset, Setauket, Northport, and Port Jefferson are among those that still sound the sirens when a fire is reported, according to the report.

Port Jefferson fire chief Jim Makarius said "technology is not foolproof," Northport chief John McKenna called them "someone's cry for help," and Miller Place first assistant chief Kyle Markott cited unreliable cell phone reception in north shore communities as a reason why the sirens are still necessary.

Click here to read the full report from The Village Times Herald.

Resident - Smithtown January 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I am, and am happy and proud to serve. Thank you for your support. If they did away with the horns we would be ok, as with everything else we are trained to adapt and overcome. Nothing is going to stop us from doing the job we have sworn to do. Oh and PS, I have heard the horn while in the pool and responded to my share of automatic alarms, but I am in no shape to wear a speedo.
BillLongisland January 22, 2012 at 08:06 AM
If anything it's a reminder of the people who serve this community to Save Lives...someone's discomfort during the night, could save a Life...and that Life could be yours...unless, somehow one lives a charmed life.
Argile January 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I live a block from the siren. No problems. If the FD needs it then it stays. The people that complain about it are among the same idiots that all moved next to all the race tracks then had the balls to complain about the noise. Like all the race tracks that LI once had why don't we just do away with them as well and you can put out your own fire?
FYI January 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I live within a block of one of the fire sirens. Yes, it can sometimes be annoying but that annoyance is trumped by the necessity based on the fire departments determination. At night, I believe the siren only sounds for "major" callouts or something similar. My question is why this method is used during the nighttime, why not also during the day? Anyone know? And last but not least, thank you to all the volunteers and their families for their time and sacrifice for the good of others!
new guy January 22, 2012 at 03:53 PM
anyone notice the siren thats missing on indian head road. (just north of superior ice rink) it was at that dead end at the bottom of the drivway at ralieghs farm. it looked the one at the top of the hill on 25A near the sunken meadow parkway. when the town houses were built across the street the intersection was redesigned. the story is the contractor removed it with out permission. they thought it didnt work anymore....but it was never replaced.

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