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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services testing new siren technology to improve safety and reduce noise pollution

September 21 2012

Firefighter on ladder

In a continuing effort to improve public and firefighter safety - and reduce noise pollution in the city - Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) has begun testing a new "Howler" siren in the downtown area.

The Howler siren emits a low frequency vibration that can be heard and felt by both pedestrians and drivers, alerting them to oncoming fire trucks.

The siren works alongside regular sirens, and is designed for high traffic areas and intersections, which are dangerous areas for fire trucks to enter during emergencies.

The pilot project is being conducted through our firehall at Hamilton and Smithe, and while the project is still in its early stages, fire crews are already reporting positive results.

A decision to purchase will be made following the pilot project, which is ongoing.

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