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The Delmar Fire District’s emergency alert sirens for Station 1 on Adams St, and Station 2 on Feura Bush Road, were reactivated a few weeks ago. We are pleased that the community response to the sirens has been positive and supportive overall. Between the installation date of December 27, 2023, and January 23, there have been 21 fire calls and the sirens have sounded 15 times (for daytime calls between 7am and 7pm).
There are two issues relating to the sirens that we would like to explain. First, the new sirens operate on a timer that is set to silence them during the nighttime hours between 7pm and 7am. Unfortunately, when the system was first activated, the timer for the Station 1 siren malfunctioned, causing it to sound at all hours. When the problem was discovered, the siren was turned off until the malfunctioning timer could be replaced.
The second issue relates to a miscommunication about the type of siren to be installed. During the long planning process, a specific siren was favored that had some additional features, such as adjustable volume and an additional tone described as “Westminster Chimes.” Upon further investigation, the District learned that even at its lowest volume setting, the sound was significantly louder than we thought was appropriate for our neighbors, and the Westminster Chimes feature more closely resembled “Westminster Sirens”.
Ultimately, the District leadership decided that minimizing the siren volume as much as possible was the most important consideration for our community. The model that was finally chosen – a less expensive model - does not have those additional features but is much quieter overall. We are pleased with the decision to switch to the lower volume sirens and hope our neighbors will agree.
The Delmar Volunteer Fire Department (DFD) is an all-volunteer organization which operates out of two locations. Station 1, located at 145 Adams St, and Station 2, located at 803 Feura Bush Rd,. The Department is staffed by 45 highly trained and dedicated volunteers and has served the community since 1911. We are one of five districts in our town and share mutual aid responsibilities with all districts, as well as sharing equipment and expertise as needed.
Contact Info:Thomas BaroneChairperson, Delmar Fire Districttbarone@delmarfire.com