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Old 07-12-2009, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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Here in Duncan, Oklahoma, we have a tornado siren that sits on the top of an unused oil derrick in the middle of town and is tested every friday at noon. It sounds exactly like an air raid siren and can be heard in other small towns close by in all 4 directions
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I am new to this site and I hate to start of with a request - but - I'm in the midst of putting together a story for a national magazine about suburban fire alarm/general alarm systems. It is amazing to me, as was mentioned earlier in this thread, that some places still rely on these often frighteningly loud systems to alert the local population to impending disasters. Having grown up in a little southern Vermont town (Wilmington) we knew by the code blasts from the horn where the fire was and where the fifteen (that was it in the mid 50's) volunteer firemen were to proceed. Even today, some 60 years later I live in a small central NH town and the blast still issues from the town fire tower. It used to be church bells and triangles, then horns, steam whistles and electric (or hand cranked) sirens. They have not gone away and are still a direct link to the past in many areas of the country. If you have any current or past stories about town alarm systems please drop me a line here and I will get back to you.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Grew up in a small town. I worked part time as police-fire dispatcher during college. The siren is to summon the volunteer fire dept.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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But around here it is tested everyday at noon just a few steps from the town docks where all the tourists come. I do some busking in that area and I always wait for the two foot jump and *** from the unwary. Boy that thing is loud!
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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When I lived in Ridgway Colorado one morning at 4am I heard this LOUD siren. Having moved from the south, I thought TORNADO! Then realized it was snowing. Then thought AVALANCE! It finally dawned on me it was a fire siren. Got used to it and actually miss hearing it now.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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We've got a WWII-era air raid siren that used to be on the front of the community hall that was used as a fire/tornado siren years ago. If was taken down when the building was sided and is now on display inside the building. I recently found an informational poster in some old papers telling what the different air raid signals meant, I plan to frame it and mount it under the siren.

To answer the question, no, we don't have a fire siren. No fire department either. I don't think any of the towns in our county use sirens anymore, the firemen all carry pagers.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Every town in our area (that's at least 100 people and therefore big enough for a VFD) uses a fire alarm to bring in the fire fighters. EMS is paged.

The fire alarms also go off at noon and 6 in every little burg. Some still sound one at 7AM, too.



When my kids were little (country kids) they always though the meal-time alarms were because town people couldn't figure out when to eat, otherwise.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Location: Location
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When I first moved to this town, the alarm was an air horn located at the fire station. It was a number code - and every household had a list - and the blasts indicated the location of the fire. The volunteers could proceed directly to the location. Unfortunately, so did every Looky-Lou in town and it could get awfully congested. Additionally, the horn blasted once every night at 10PM to a. test the alarm and b. to sound curfew for the under-18 crowd.

As time passed, the volunteers were equipped with pagers and the horn no longer honked.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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Yes they do have an alarm to call the volunteers to the fire dept. for call outs. Yes, it is LOUD - and just a few blocks away (lucky me!).
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:13 PM
 
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Yes, there are many small towns who blow the fire whistle.

For the department I belong to, I carry a pager and notifications can be sent to cell phones via text messages. Which is becoming more common place.
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