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Ambulances not required to use sirens for all calls

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 08, 2013

~~<p><strong>QUESTION</strong>: My complaint is about why our ambulance sirens are so loud. I think sirens on the mainland or Europe or Asia intermittently go &quot;beep-beep-beep,&quot; which is less painful on our ears than the constant blare that is irritating, painful and annoying. And I think the loud noise is causing damage to people's hearing. Can they put in a new system where it's not as noisy and loud as it is now?</p>
<p><strong>ANSWER</strong>: The type of siren used is not going to change, at least in the foreseeable future, but moves to reduce the use of sirens on ambulances are continuing, here and nationally.</p>
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QUESTION: My complaint is about why our ambulance sirens are so loud. I think sirens on the mainland or Europe or Asia intermittently go "beep-beep-beep," which is less painful on our ears than the constant blare that is irritating, painful and annoying. And I think the loud noise is causing damage to people's hearing. Can they put in a new system where it's not as noisy and loud as it is now?

ANSWER: The type of siren used is not going to change, at least in the foreseeable future, but moves to reduce the use of sirens on ambulances are continuing, here and nationally. Login for more...



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