MONSEY, NY (WCBS 880) – The fire siren will remain silent in Monsey. The emergency signal was turned off last month for a three-month trial after residents complained about the noise.
At a fire district meeting Thursday night, a vote to turn the siren back on was deadlocked.
Firefighters say the alarm saves lives. They hear the alarm when they might not have their pagers nearby.
WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reports: No Siren A Safety Risk
Rockland County fire coordinator Gordon Wren says not having the alarm on is comprising public safety.
“The fact of the matter is, The National Fire Protection Association and ITO who sets our insurance, these are nationally recognized standards, require that we have a second means of notifying volunteer firefighters,” Wren told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams said.
But some residents maintain the siren is antiquated, unnecessary and a noisy interruption of their lives.
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