Fire Sirens in Brookville Will Be Silenced Next Week; Move Could be Permanent

brookville-fire-company-sirenBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — The fire sirens in Brookville are set to go silent sometime next week.

The announcement was made at Tuesday night’s borough council meeting.

Brookville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dave Miller attended the meeting before leaving for a fire call.

The issue arose at a council meeting earlier this year when veterinarian Dr. Marin Boghean brought the matter up. Boghean has lived on Pine Street for 12 years near where one siren is located.

At the Feb. 21 meeting, the vet said that “It gives a good loud sound. You know when there’s a fire or an accident.”

“But, in this day everyone has pagers and cell phones, so I’m not sure why we need this siren.”

“It’s really become noise pollution. When my son and little granddaughter came to visit recently, every time the siren went off late at night, we had to go to her to make sure she was OK, to reassure her everything was OK.”

Members of council, including council President John Blazosky and councilmember Ken King, met with fire company officials who said they are fine with turning the sirens off.

Blazosky also said the fire trucks running their sirens give residents plenty of notification there may be a fire or something else going on.

President Pro-Tem Bill Kutz was pleased with the decision because he has heard from people who have had to deal with the siren going off at odd hours or while they are trying to get their children to bed.

“This is the 21st century, everyone has pagers or cell phones,” Kutz said.

Turning the sirens off – one at the fire house and the other on Pine Street – is not a permanent decision.

“We want to give this a try and see how it works. The decision can be reversed,” King said.

The one exception is that when a tornado watch is in effect, the sirens will be used.

In other fire company business:

– The department responded to 25 alarms from March 1 to April 17. Those calls included four structure fires, two outside fires, three motor vehicle accidents, four downed trees, four electric lines down and three EMS assists.

– Brad Hice was elected President with Miller giving him high marks;

– The company’s 1982 Mack pumper truck was sold;

– The 1987 ladder truck has been advertised for sale on a used fire apparatus market place.

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