Sirens in the night

My understanding is that sirens are required at intersections only and that flashing lights are adequate elsewhere.

I am writing as a nearby neighbour of the Oak Bay fire hall.

As a light sleeper, there are times when I wake in the night and, unable to fall easily back to sleep, I enjoy the quiet of the night. I often marvel at the fact that, while I live in a city of 330,000 people, there is still such wonderful late night silence.

Until, that is, a call to Oak Bay fire hall is heralded by sirens roaring as fire trucks emerge from the garage.

When there is nary a car on the road why is this necessary? My understanding is that sirens are required at intersections only and that flashing lights are adequate elsewhere. Would it not be possible to limit the siren to one vehicle rather than the two or three that respond to the same call.

There is enough daytime noise pollution for us all. The silence of the night need not be stolen by these sustained blasts of noise.

Su Russell

Oak Bay


Just Posted

Deep Cove man running 50 km every month through his 50th birthday year

Ultrarunner hopes Deep 50 Challenge will raise $5,000 for Help Fill A Dream

Oak Bay to host secondary suite open house on Thursday

Online secondary suite survey will run April 25 until May 10

Local author wins gold medal for new book Fat Cats

Former parks warden’s series welcomes new addition to the canon

Ancient microbes discovered off the Juan de Fuca Ridge potentially offers glimpse into alien life

The marine bacteria is dependent on hydrogen, a compound present almost everywhere

Saanich rental project wins silver by going ‘green’

The Verve rental housing project stands at the corner of Boleskine Road and Whittier Avenue

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Most Read