Writer burned up over fire department’s sirens


The Alameda Fire Department’s vehicle sirens are just too loud. It physically hurts the ear when they approach and pass pedestrians with their sirens set at such an ear-piercing sound level.

Our firefighters wear hearing protection when underway to an emergency with their sirens on. Alameda residents do not automatically come with equal hearing protection issued as street-wear when our firefighters drive by, sirens blaring.

I recommend firefighter vehicles have their sirens re-calibrated down to a decibel level matching that used by Oakland Fire Department’s vehicles. It would still be loud enough to get the job done.

Looking forward to hearing ... everything!

Peter Cameron