2008.07.30 Sharon Cardinal

Written by David Green.

I want to add a thought on Morenci's siren. Yes it is too loud. Yes it is too long.

I also read the earlier piece on “why our fire & rescue say we need i.t" I'm not sure we need the siren at all. My reason, if we are all safe enough to turn it off every night ’til morning, why aren't we safe all day without it going off?

I question if we need to know when volunteers are on the road. Is the siren supposed to have us clear the road or move over because they are coming and we don't know what direction? I could very well be wrong on this, but unless our volunteers are authorized to use a red flashing light, aren't they to use all due care and caution in avoiding us?

The fire and ambulance teams are notified by pager before the siren goes off. Now tell me again why we all get to hear it?

Maybe our city could take a look at Taylor, Michigan. This is a much larger city, with a lot more volunteers to contact for a greater number of emergencies and they have stopped using the city siren except for weather emergencies and testing the siren once per month. That is the only time residents hear it. Wonder how the worry about the pager backup has been resolved in Taylor?

I know our fire and ambulance teams are the best you can find anywhere and I'm happy to know they are always on the job to protect us. Not using the siren does not change at all how grateful I am we have such a great team who can and will respond.

I am thinking it is time to stop using the siren except for weather emergencies.

  Sounds nice and quiet to me.

  – Sharon Cardinal

 Gorham St.

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