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Old 08-11-2012, 12:19 AM
 
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I live in Concord and work at McInnis Aquatics Center. My coworkers and I noticed an odd thing this year. Every day when we are on the pool deck at 12:00 sharp, we can hear an odd siren off in the distance. It makes a moaning sound, almost like an old Federal siren winding down, but it only lasts for about a second. Anybody have any idea what we are hearing? It has peaked my interest.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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Never mind. Turns out my family knew. Concord used to sound a fire horn at 12:00 every day way back in the old days. They just recently found the old horn and have refurbished and reactivated it. I guess they only barely spool it up because it stays at a low pitch and ends quickly.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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I am glad you found out what it was as I was about to tell you that is what it is. There still being used in rural areas in this state by volunteer fireman.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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What exactly is the point of the horns?
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:50 AM
 
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What exactly is the point of the horns?
If Sunny is correct I would assume the horn was/is used to summon the volunteer firemen to their station. I was near the Outer Banks, working at a cell tower next to the VFD, and their damn siren went off. That did NOT make my day.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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They dont have much a point with today's technology in communtication devices but it was to alert the fireman that they had a call they need there service as the volunteers was either working out in the fields or hunting or at their job they get paid for.
Cell service is spotty in rural areas is probably why they still use them.

I live near one and within 3 minutes Ill here sirens, it would be great if they used them for tornado warnings.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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They used a siren for this purpose in Huntersville until sometime in the late 90s. I don't remember exactly when they stopped using it.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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Gotcha. That makes sense. Wasn't thinking about the volunteers.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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Actually, it would be a good thing if these horns were used during tornado alerts, especially when there is a legitimate warning because not everyone is watching TV or listening to a radio when these alerts are posted on the TV or the internet. And, not everyone has a "smart" phone - or wants a "smart" phone. Sometimes legacy technology ain't such a bad thing.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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I used to live a very short distance from a VFD as a kid in the 1970s. They'd fire up the "air raid" or "tornado" siren regularly back then, and it would cycle several times. It made dogs in the area start howling.
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