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Keep Them

I live in a community with 8 all-volunteer fire districts that sound their sirens for every call they go to. I noticed that most of the time, it's the newcomers that complain, whereas everybody else who's lived there for years doesn't mind or supports keeping the siren.

JEG 5 days ago

Siren

After reading all the comments, I had a thought. Let's say we got rid of all sirens including ambulance. Then people started living in a more careless way because you just never hear about the fire or accident. Each and every call does not get posted in the paper. Don't you think someone then might have the bright idea to sound a siren everytime there was an accident or fire as a reminder that while we are safe at the moment someone else is not. I think sometimes we should just count our blessings that it is not us this time for whom the siren sounds or the church bells toll.

Donna Endzel more than 2 years ago

Not so expensive after all

Everybody who does see the benefit of the siren and has left a comment is not associated with any fire department so they have no room to complain about sacrificing two minutes of sleep. While you may wake up for two minutes we are often up for hours during the middle of the night and then go straight to our school or our jobs. The argument that sirens are an unneccessary cost is completely false for many reasons. For instance, last year all the pagers from my department had to be reprogrammed on the same day so there would have been no other way to alert us of a call during that time period. Many people in this blog have already mentioned that the pagers cost $450 dollars but that does not include the support systems that goes with them including computer software and antennas. Within five years all of the this equipment will need to be replaced at a cost of around 21 million dollars between three counties. The annual maintenance on the sirens can hardly compare to that expense. Even the 21 million dollars does not seem like such a large amount compared to what it would cost to have all of Talbot County covered by a carerer department which would eliminate the need for both the sirens and pagers. For everyone that has attacked the fire chief, wouldn't you rather he was worrying about training his firefighters on how to properly attack a fire which could possibly be in your house instead of about having to deal with people who have nothing better to with their lives then complain. And lastly, the last thing we need is people who move over here from the western shore because it was to urban and then try to turn the eastern shore into a city because it is to rural. If you don't like it here, feel free to for back to move back to the other side of the bay.

Daniel Broskey more than 2 years ago

It's time to exercise the demons!

Why, when someone challenges the purpose of the siren are they immediately demonized into selfish, self-absorbed individuals that care nothing for their fellow neighbors or community? Because I agree with finding an alternative to an outdated means of communication, I am placed into a stereotypical group of city slickers that are perhaps too busy texting and driving in an oversized SUV to pay attention to on-coming emergency vehicles or a desperate housewife that is irritated because she has to remove her Bedazzled sleep mask during her beauty sleep. I don't think this generalization is fair; I DO care about the people that have made a call for help and the volunteers that respond.

I don't support the use of the siren because I know there are other small communities that do not rely on sirens anymore. Although, I admit I haven't done the required extensive research, there have to be more efficient ways to alert volunteers. Instead of digging in our heals to just accept the way things are, there is an obvious outcry in the response to this article that the community wants change. The volunteers do an excellent job, and I would like to be apart of a group that wants to HELP them continue to do so. I appreciated Tim Knotts response; it's truly a shame that when he was in the authoritative position to make change that no one took advantage of the opportunity. I also liked Tim Kearns comments and the information he shared about a new pager system. This is the type of information the community needs to know...if there is a huge price tag associated, it would be beneficial to know what those costs are. Perhaps individuals in the community outside of the fire department can offer ideas for fundraising. Instead of working against each other, we have to work together.

"Reality Check", you had me on your side right up until the end. What exactly are you doing to help? I'm not sure just sending good thoughts to those in need while making those that want to find solutions feel inferior is helping anyone...

Reality Bites more than 2 years ago

My two cents

This debate is being heard throughout the country. As urban families move to rural areas, this has become a hot issue. We all strive to provide the best for our families. By moving to rural areas, we expect better schools, lower crime rates, and more activities for our children. With the influx of urban families to rural areas, we must take into account, that requests for emergency services will increase. The volunteers are responding to more calls for service than ever before. In urban areas these services are taken for granted. Its considered an expected service. In the rural areas, these calls are being handled by the members of the community. They risk thier lives for no compensation. It seems to me that the Fire Department has taken reasonable steps to decrease the siren activation. I think your best course of action would be to request a meeting with the Fire Chief and the President of the Department. I am an urbanite with a family of 5, with 3 children under 5. Every time I hear the siren blowing, I realize someone needs help. How can your disgust for the siren, be more important than somebody's tradgedy? If you have time to complain, You probably have time to help.

Reality Check more than 2 years ago

Thanks.

EastonSavvy,

Thank you, so much for the article and your treatment of this sensitive issue.
I believe this discussion could end in a win / win for all.
The Town can look at the issue, but as far as I know, the technology is not in place to make it go away.

I was at Schooner's on Friday last for happy hour.
A few other Volunteers and Oxfordian's were discussing this Article when the siren went off.
I didn't have my pager, as I knew I would be having a few.
We all turned to an off duty TC Paid EMS Paramedic to see "What the call was"?
They pulled out their phone.
We had to wait almost 45 seconds for the text page.
The Oxford siren had been blowing for almost a minute at this point.
The pager goes off almost 5 or 10 seconds before that.
The dispatcher sounds the alarm as the "Talbot Center 911" call is answered.
That takes at least 15 - 30 seconds.
So that is 2 minutes sometimes, if not more.
A two minute response time out of the Station is good.
The responders need the siren so as to keep our response as efficient as possible,
because the seconds really do count after the alert is sounded.
I have, but please imagine, listening to the call for a baby not breathing, in Easton or wherever.
The seconds tick by very slowly.
One-one thousand...
I can't get there in 15 minutes.
I can't help. At all. Nothing...
The baby hasn't breathed for 2 minutes minimum so far.
"Sh*t".

So please get all the info you can from Clay Stamp prior to getting to the Easton Town Council.
Lot's of folks have been trying, for a very long time, to get rid of the only thing that is bad about our Emergency Response System.
I believe there is going to be a new pager system coming, at a huge price tag...
(not long after, it seems, we just got the existing system, which has been updated at least once)
but at not nearly as high a price tag as a paid system.

If we had the answer to this "situation" I bet it would effect more folks than the cure for cancer.

Tim Kearns more than 2 years ago

Spirited debate!

Before looking into this issue, I definitely had a negative opinion of the siren. But Tim Kearns' perspective, which he shared in the article, definitely helped me to see another side. It particularly hit a chord when he said that the siren helped him connect to all of the other brave men and women who had come before him, and gave him the courage to heed the call. If that is what he needs to respond to the fire, then who am I to argue with it?

We've received more comments on this article than any other -- which may suggest that the town council take it up again, at least to explore it a bit further.

Thanks to all of those who have left their thoughts and opinions -- we appreciate you taking the time to express them!

Amanda Priestley-Callis more than 2 years ago

Sirens

I am a voulnteer firefighter in the Town of Easton. I have served my community for nearly 29 years and have held positions within the department from EMS Lieutenent to Chief and then also as trustee and President. This topic has been raised before by a very small group of Easton Citizens. Much consideration has been placed into the use of the sirens. This was a constant complaint while I was Presiedent of the department in 2009 and 2010. Several times I had invited Councilwomen Malone to have a sit down discussion with those making the complaint as she seemed to be the go between. Not once would those folks complaining come before us to learn and disuss the need of the sirens.

The sirens still do unfortunatly have a place in the emergency response system in our "small town". We do not staff our stations. We are 100% voulunteer and have lives outside of the firestation. We have wives, children, parents etc. that we all wish to spend time with. We do however take the time away from all of this to respond to any emergency that arises in the town and surrounding communities. The EVFD has responded to emergencies from Lower Dorchester County all the way tp Kent Island.
As has been stated before Pagers cost money and we make every effort to issue one to every active member of the department. The pagers are our primary method of alerting the volunteers. It is not always feasable for a member to always have the pager with them or turned on. They do not always work and they do require some time off of our belts to be recharged. The phone system doesn't work as we had hoped. Not all of the alerts come through the phone system and many times they are delayed due to the technology. Most of the time our voulunteers are in the station preparing to respond when the phone message arrives. The Sirens do reach some of our members some of the time and allow us to gather a few more responders had they not sounded.

Several changes have been made to the use of the sirens, such as shorter alert cycles, Changed the alert cycle from 4 minutes to two.and they are not blown after ten unless there is a major incident as determeined by the 911 dispatcher. The sirens are no longer utilized for EMS alerts eliminating nearly 1300 alerts alone in the town of Easton. Many of the rules are from the recomendations of the County Chiefs of which there are 7. The use of the siren is a standard practice in every town in Talbot County that has a fire station. Alert sirens are used in every community on the Eastern Shore with a voulunteer force except, Dover Del, Salisbury and Ocean City. Salisbury and Ocean City acutually staff their sations and have partial Career Staffs. We can't afford career staffs.

Simply put, I'm not intending to attack anyones opinons on here but simply trying to inform you that this has been an issue before with out resolve. The sirens are yet another tool to make our community safer.

Tim Knotts more than 2 years ago

Can't we all just get along??

Albert Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” It is truly insane that the topic of the siren turns into such an emotional battle between those that feel it has outlived its purpose and those that deem it necessary. The opposing views on the siren as presented in the article and the comments do not reflect negative opinions about the EFVD. Quite the contrary; no one can deny how invaluable the dedication and service of the EVFD is to Easton, they do a damn fine job. If we take the emotion out of the equation, we find that there are five sirens within a five mile radius, with a majority of them overlapping each other in their 2,000ft reach (many in residential areas and school zones). One of the questions we were unable to ask Chief McNeal pertained to the cost of maintaining the sirens. In Pennsylvania, a single siren costs about $6K to $10K annually to maintain. If that is consistent with the Easton sirens, that equates to $30K to $50K annually out of the $720K operating budget that the EVFD is spending on the sirens. Ms. McNeal mentioned that pagers are $450 each, and indeed to provide each of the 120 volunteers with one is quite costly at $54K. However, if 15,000 Easton residents donated only $3.60 to the EVFD, the cost of those pagers would be covered. Or, could the Connect CTY system be utilized for these volunteers instead of the siren? These are just a few ideas that could be explored. Our intent with writing about the siren was to create awareness about its use and to establish a forum on which to share IDEAS about how to come to a mutually beneficial solution. I personally welcome the opportunity to work directly with the EVFD to come up with fundraising ideas. We need to stop arguing about whether it’s right or wrong, native or non-native, volunteer fire fighter or not and work together as a united community to devise a solution so that the EVFD can maintain its superior service and residents can enjoy the peace and quiet that attracted them to Easton in the first place.

Tarah Kleinert more than 2 years ago

Communication is key

Lindsay. Again, it is too bad that we are hearing about the pager situation now, after the article was written. We tried to get in touch with those who could have clarified these things. We were told to contact Mr. McNeal. Although I'm sure he's a busy person, I believe maintaining clear communication with the community should be an important aspect of his position. It seems as if you think we are attacking your father, which is simply not the case. We were told by Clay Stamp that the fire chiefs in Talbot County make these decisions. If it is truly up to the town, then we have every right to discuss this issue as a community.

Also, I apologize for missing the sentence in your comment about not all firefighters being issued a pager. Thank for you for clarifying that. I DID in fact read your comment in full, yet again, I somehow feel attacked. It may be extremely helpful for the dispatchers to receive this information because when contacted, they do not provide the public with any clear information.

Jill O'Hanlon more than 2 years ago

Clarify

Jill, chief McNeal isn't my husband he is my father. If you would have read my post from earlier it stated " not every volunteer has a pager because they are so expensive". Also, every volunteer department blows their siren on the eastern shore. As several of us stated the siren is only blown between 11pm and 5am for serious calls. EVFD has taken several steps in helping the public with this issue. For instance they now have night crews. Which mean certain men and women are assigned a night of the week they must respond to the calls. Chief McNeal is no different than you he works a full time job, raises 7 kids (4 of them aren't his own), and he also has devoted all his time to EVFD. The siren blew before he was chief and will continue to blow when he isn't chief. It's up to the town. The siren is used to alert the community and the firefighters. One more time not all the firefighters have pagers.

Lindsey McNeal more than 2 years ago

let's stay civil

Oh it's so fun to be personally attacked online! Thank you Lindsay McNeal for your insights. Maybe if your husband had returned our calls we could have included more of his and your perspective in this article. However, that didn't happen. And now your perspective is being perceived as a defensive reaction bent on attacking and shaming someone else.

I am questioning the actual advantage of the siren and whether or not the volunteer firemen truly need it. It is offensive that you assume I don't think about the volunteers, those who are in need, don't give to the EVFD (which I have), and am an otherwise self-absorbed mother who just can't be bothered to wear ear plugs at night. You have no idea what my life is like.

I, on the other hand, am glad you commented. Communities need to discuss issues openly, even when there are disagreements. However, no one listens to each other when all civility is thrown out the window. I'm sorry to know that this article was received as a personal attack on the EVFD; I know it wasn't meant to be that (see Dave Ferraris' comment). Again, I repeat that it would have been very helpful if Chief McNeal had take 15 minutes to clarify points you say were misconstrued.

Looking back into the minutes of Town meetings, it's clear we aren't the first people to take issue with the siren. I'm sure we won't be the last. I am proud of the volunteers that sacrifice their sleep and lives for others - it is not unappreciated or unnoticed by my family. In fact, I do think that a benefit of the siren is that it is a reminder to all of those people who are making big sacrifices for those in their community, something I want my children to grow up valuing. All I want to know is if it is an essential tool. Your comment did not convince me that it is. If it were essential, wouldn't all volunteer fire departments employ it? You mentioned that the pagers are expensive, which I'm sure they are. Does that mean not all volunteers are issued them? If so, then that starts to explain a real use for the siren other than as a reminder to people that volunteers are fighting fires. Again, a reminder to the public is a positive thing, but if that's the only purpose, then I'm not sure I can get behind that when there are other upstanding citizens who serve their community (i.e., surgeons, nurses, teachers, policemen, etc.) are being woken at night, sometimes several times a night.

Jill O'Hanlon more than 2 years ago

Entitled to your opinion....

Let me guess....those of you complaining are probably the drivers of the cars who continuously park in the fire lanes at the stores because it is a nuisance to park and walk from the parking lot...probably those same drivers that I observe time and time again NEVER pulling over to let the fire truck or ambulance through because it is a nuisance and would take a few seconds ...probably those same residents who NEVER send in a donation or attend a fire department fundraiser because it would require you taking a moment out of your busy self-absorbed lives. You are all complaining about a few minutes of a siren blowing...BIG DEAL!! I moved here and had young children when I did, they learned to sleep through the sirens. Maybe the next time you want to complain, you should take a moment and remember why it is sounding in the first place..someone is in need of assistance! It may be loud but that is the whole point...TO BE HEARD by your VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. As my firefighter climbs out of bed in the middle of the night, or misses yet another dinner, baseball game, birthday party, etc...I will pray for him as well, as the person who had to make that dreaded 911 call. Remember, it may be you he is responding to and you will be grateful that siren is blowing loud and strong! .....but your entitled to your opinion

Toni Hall more than 2 years ago

Its NOT up to the Chief!!

Jill your affected negatively by the siren. Why? Is it because you lose 2 minutes of sleep at night. Why don't you think about the VOLUNTEER fire fighters that are waking up at night, leaving their families, losing hours of sleep before they have to go to work just to save someone else's life, property, etc. Yes some of us have pagers and we do get text alerts when a call is dispatched; but I mean REALLY people. Your mad about a siren that goes off for 2 minutes. Go out and risk your life for people you don't even know 24/7 and tell me if a siren is really affecting your life that negatively. Why don't you start thinking about others and not yourself. When that siren goes off between 10pm and 5am something serious (house fire, car accident, cardiac arrest ) is going on. Why don't you think about that person/people that are affected by the incident and not yourself. Im not sorry people can't carry on their conversations for 2 minutes while the sirens go off. While the siren is going off and you can't carry on your conversation or it wakes you up from sleep, Why don't you say a prayer for the firefighters, and for the people who called 911; just be happy it isn't you who needs help. Every time the siren goes off thats someones loved one volunteering their time to help you (the community). EVFD has an average of 1000 calls a year. NONE of these firefighters are paid, they are doing this because they want to help others. Have you ever thought about how much your taxes would go UP if Easton VFD became a career department. For the people blaming this on Jamie McNeal (thats the correct spelling) your wrong, this is a town ordnance. Its NOT up to the Chief. Im sure the Chief didn't respond because he has more important things to do for the community other then giving you a reason for the siren. Go to the town if your looking for answers. Not only do the VOLUNTEERS go on fire calls, but they also go to schools to teach fire prevention (do you have kids?), training (over 100 hours in training a year), fundraising (pay for expenses that the county and town don't pay for). For the people that are talking about the technology. Not every member gets a pager because they are so expensive. If you would like for every member to have a pager why don't you send in a donation to EVFD for $450 (cost for 1 pager and charger). If it bothers you that much at night wear ear plugs.

Lindsey McNeal more than 2 years ago

Clarifying the facts!


The siren is not only a way to alert Fire Dept personnel of an emergency, but to alert the public as well. The siren's have been an issue for well over 20 years in many towns. There is one part of your article I would like to clarify. Oxford Fire Department is not the only department in Talbot County that chooses to only blow the siren for daytime use. ALL Talbot County Fire Departments have the same policy. From 11PM to 5AM, the only time the sirens should be sounded is for a "major incident" such as a serious auto accident, house/building fires, when additional manpower is needed, etc.. Also, day time use has drastically been cut back to sound the siren for the initial call only. Therefore, if you do hear the sirens "blaring" on more than one occasion it means they are having a busy day. I'm sure this debate will continue for many years to come. I can promise you this is an issue the fire departments take seriously, and are working to find a better solution. At the end of the day it's about providing the best for public service and safety.

Holley Guschke more than 2 years ago

Sweet Sound of Sirens

Easton just wouldnt be the same with the fire siren :) its just like the smell of chicken manure, if you cant handle it you must not be native! lol I'd definetely miss that sound if something happened to it. Plus it reminds us people putting there lives in danger.

Justine Jump more than 2 years ago

Just a thought

As much as I find the siren pointless and annoying when it goes off...I think if someone could tell me the meaning of when the horn blows...one turn means what...two turns means what and so forth. I know when I lived in Wisconsin, The siren would go off when a tornado was in the area, but that is not the case here in Maryland. We have those emergency alerts on TV but they would useless with no power. After seeing the EF4 destroy the towns in Indiana, I think the siren could be useful. I know if I know that there the horn plays a sound that tells me to hit the deck running...Im gone.

Chris more than 2 years ago

Siren, etc.

@Kari: Oh the drama! Could you take yourself any more seriously? Your kind of holier than thou attitude is not going to win much community support. Pagers work. Thank you.

Karl Pilkington more than 2 years ago

Sirens Save Lives

Really? You people have nothing more to complain about then the noise a siren makes? Why don't you try complaining about the cost of gas prices or that our great governor keeps taxing us so much that he will probably start taxing us for each breath of fresh air we take in.....but no you complain about a siren system that continues to alert firefighters and community members of a call. To those of you who complain about it, you should think of it as if your house was on fire, your loved one was trapped in a rolled over vehicle or even God forbid your baby stopped.breathing, wouldnt you want someone to get up and go? A lot of us firefighters and EMT's still count on this system to alert us. Yes I have a pager, yes I have a cell phone, but the siren alert wakes me first. See while you people roll over and go back to sleep, most of us don't.....we get up and fight your fire, extricate your loved one and do everything we can to give life back to your baby, your mother, father, sister or brother. Like all great things made there are problems, pagers are operated by batteries that die, cell phones too, even our radios.....and well all of them cost money! As for being a symbol for brotherhood, you could say that, but I would say its more of a warning system that volunteers will be momentarily rushing the streets in their personal vehicles followed by a firetruck in a few moments, that.means get out of the streets, move over and let them through. Those sirens have saved lives. As most of you that complain.about these sirens are transplants, these sirens were here before you, so you could of stayed away, and most.of.you moved here because the.good ol' shore is quieter and safer then the city and because its not the city...well you didn't want the city when moving here, so why do you want it in a 911 alerting system? Believe it or not this system doesn't just wake you up, it does save lives, so if you don't want to hear it I suggest you start saving money for the next step which will be career firefighters, then maybe you can kiss the siren system goodbye! So the next time you hear the siren, move over for the person who actually cares for their community, get your child off the street and pray that all of your family and friends are safe and please for the members of my community find something.else.to complain about!

For those of you who don't know me, I am a 3 rd generation firefighter and have been dedicated to volunteering for my community since 1994.

Kari Diefenderfer more than 2 years ago

The fire siren's call .....

I'm not a native, but I've been on the Shore the vast majority of my life, and those sirens mean a lot to me. I've never had a fire fighter in my family, so I don't speak from that "brotherhood", either ... but I've lived for years in Oxford, and now Easton, and I certainly know, understand and respect the generational traditions of these local companies.
I've certainly heard of the exceptional awards this community's fire companies have brought home over the years for their equipment and performance (not to mention queens and parade appearances), and I've seen the publicity for their heroic efforts in some exceptional fire and accident situations, with many of the neighboring companies called in as well.
When the siren goes off, I stop (at least mentally) to let my mind wonder at the number of dedicated men and women who will respond --- and my thoughts go to the wives and families who will be alerted to be concerned for their safety during the ensuing event.
If I'm on the road in town, I'm VERY aware of the trucks and cars with their flashers on, as well as the stream of emergency vehicles that will be rushing to the event. It DOES give me pause, it DOES touch my heart ... that so many - young AND old - are continuing an incredible small-town, community tradition, with no "pay-back" other than their own sense of pride and value to their community.
You know, I used to chuckle at the Oxford boys as they rolled thru town in their sopping wet fire truck "to dry it off" ... but inside I knew I was grateful as hell that those same silly boys (and their fathers and grandfathers) would put their lives on the line to save me and my family if fire were to visit my household.
Sorry, folks ... the sirens are an inconvenience I'll very gladly continue to hear with appreciation and respect --- just to be reminded of how fortunate I am to have been welcomed to live in this area where such strong community traditions are a vital part of the fabric of life.

Carolyn more than 2 years ago

Siren

SBE, that is ridiculous. Slavery is part of the fabric of our eastern shore town also. Should we have kept that around for nostalgia's sake? I've lived on the eastern shore my entire life and when i visit friends who live near the siren, we can't continue conversation while the siren sounds -- for TWO FULL MINUTES! It is a serious source of noise pollution, disrupts the tranquility and beauty of the town, and with the technology available today (it's 2012, by the way) is totally unnecessary. If there were a petition to remove it, i would sign it. If there were a town meeting to discuss the matter, I would go. Considering the cost of owning a home in this otherwise majestic town, my friends and neighbors who live near this nuisance deserve much better.

Jennifer Coleman more than 2 years ago

Fire Siren

With today's technology - high tech radios, pagers, cell phones, reverse 911, etc., the fire siren is no longer necessary. The siren was meant for an age before pagers were used and the calls were much less frequent than they are today. It is definitely a nuisance and detracts from the quality of life in town.
I would go so far as to say that for anyone close to the siren when it sounds several times a day or night, the decibels exceed a level which could be considered safe. There really is no reasonable, practical argument for it's continued use. EVFD does a great job but they need to be more progressive and considerate of the community.

ChickenNecker more than 2 years ago

Annoyed by siren, not just b/c I have young children

Totally agree w. the assessments above that the siren system is antiquated, kept partially out of pride, & could at the very least be shut off between the hours of 10pm-6am. Volunteers who work outside need to hear it? I can see how it would help to get fired up for the call, as well as getting a second confirmation that there is indeed an emergency. But what about using technology more to our advantage? Turn pagers up; put cell phones on vibrate, etc. I'm not an Eastern Shore original but certainly appreciate most of the small town charm & idiosyncrasies that come with living here. It's part of the reason we moved to Easton! That being said, the obnoxious siren is NOT a loveable idiosyncrasy by any means. It's an ugly wart, that, coupled with the town's refusal to have a recycling program, only shows off a deficiency of progressiveness in an otherwise splendid community, where the arts and Bay culture are awesomely celebrated. (PS: Thank you for your service, EVFD. My siren opinions are in NO WAY meant to show disapproval of the jobs you selflessly perform.)

David Ferraris more than 2 years ago

Property values

As a new-ish resident, the fire siren was initially quaint but eventually perplexing. I've lived here for almost 3 years and just now, from this article learned that I'm supposed to "be aware of volunteers are going to be moving around" when it sounds. How is it an effective warning if none of us know what it means? I'd also argue that the siren is detrimental to property values. We were considering a purchase of a large, lovely home on Washington street and had brought our family with us to tour it for the third time, when the siren went off. It was so loud the windows rattled and conversation was impossible, needless to say we RAN out of the house and never looked back. We then shopped for properties OUTSIDE of the most obnoxious siren areas. Cell phones and pagers exist for a reason and if the volunteers are willing (god bless em) to perform this service, perhaps they'll be willing to go a bit further and wear their pagers "into the yard" and turn up the volume to "wake them from a deep sleep". It would certainly reduce the sleeplessness of the rest of the community, but not our gratitude for their efforts.

N.L.R. more than 2 years ago

Eastern Shore Live

I have lived on the shore my whole life. I grew up in an even smaller town very close by. The siren is part of the fabric of our eastern shore towns. It is an alert system for the volunteers and townsfolk alike. I for one would be saddened by the loss of the siren not only because I find it useful to know what is going on in town, but also because it is a part of the culture that I have always known. The saddest part would be if the EVFD were pressured to discontinue siren use by people who are not native to the shore. There are many charming aspects to living in a small town that may have drawn you here but please don't try to change our way of life because you deem it a nuisance.

SBE more than 2 years ago

Staunch Loyalty Leads to Blindness

There is such staunch loyalty to the EVFD that I believe many are blinded to the fact that the siren is more of a nuisance than a help. At the very least, the siren should NOT be going off past 10 PM or before 6 AM unless there is a serious fire. I'm just gonna throw it out there that this is an issue of sounding the alarm for pride rather than out of absolute necessity. There are MANY other small town volunteer fire departments across the US that do not rely on these antiquated systems. Let's consider the people in our community that are affected negatively by the siren.

Jill O'Hanlon more than 2 years ago

Fire Siren.

People need to check out an area BEFORE moving to it. It is like moving near a pig farm then compaining about the smell or noise by an airport, Church bells tolling, sirens near a hospital. Every area has positves and negatives. It is best to do your homework and ask the neighbors. I do agree with above comment most of the time you just get used to it.

Donna Endzel more than 2 years ago

siren

i live pretty close to the fire house but the siren doesn't bother me much. i think because every town i've ever lived in has had this kind of siren for a VFD, i'm just used to it. but i also think it's accurate that people become desensitized to it. half the time i don't even notice it until i realize it's been going off for a while.

J more than 2 years ago

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