HARMONY, Pa. (KNNP) – The Harmony Fire District has made an unsoundly change to the way their department handles emergency calls. “You may now sleep soundly!” says a Facebook post from the department’s official social media account.
The digital fire siren would be activated for calls made to 911 which required a volunteer response from former Harmony Station 23, and now Harmony Fire District 22.
According to their agency, the fire siren was used before fire pagers were widely available and used. “due to the changing times and technology, it isn’t necessary for alerting members of our organization.”
Several community members fought with borough council for many years stating the siren was loud, and obnoxious. Fire pagers have been around for many decades, with new apps like iAmResponding, Active 911, EMC2, and Rover Mobile, the emergency call will still be able to reach first responders much like the siren used to before the early 2000’s.
The fire department will still use the digital siren to acknowledge the time of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with a chime. It will also still be used for several weather warnings.
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