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Fire Sirens In Millville A Topic Of Debate

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Millville Volunteer Fire Department (Photo: WBOC News) Millville Volunteer Fire Department (Photo: WBOC News)

MILLVILLE, De.- Fire Departments have used sirens for decades to notify volunteers to respond to the station house for emergencies. The noise for some Millville residents has gotten to be too much. 

Millville Volunteer Firefighters have pagers and cell phones for notifying them of emergencies; which has raised the question, "Why are the sirens still necessary?" Millville's Fire Company serves the Town of Millville and Town of Ocean View. Mayor Walter Curran, said he and the City Council in Ocean View no longer want the sirens in use.

Mayor Curran said, he has received numerous complaints from people in the community that the siren is too noisy. Jeremy Pentoney works in Millville and said, " It's more of a disturbance; nobody's responding to an alarm that goes off to come running to the fire station; that's more 1930's than it is 2015."

Gerald Richardson lives a few yard down the street from the Millville Volunteer Fire Station and said, "It doesn't really bother me, I mean I hear it but it doesn't bother me."

Millville Fire Department Spokesman, Bob Powell said there are still some important uses for the siren today; such as when there are dead cell phone areas, when pagers are down, and for tornado warnings. 

Mayor Curran said he plans to have more discussions with the fire department to take in all considerations for the use of the siren before making a decision to mute the siren. He said a meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday. 

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