It’s a raid

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

First of all, I would like to ac­knowl­edge the fan­tas­tic job our lo­cal fire fight­ers do in keep­ing our com­mu­nity safe and help­ing to save lives. We are very lucky to have such ded­i­cated peo­ple will­ing to risk their lives daily.

One must ques­tion though, in this day and age of pagers, mo­bile phones and text mes­sag­ing whether it is really nec­es­sary to wake the Ti­tahi Bay pop­u­la­tion with the deaf­en­ing sound of the ‘‘air raid’’ siren at 5.30am on a Satur­day morn­ing (Fe­bru­ary 16)?

It is also very im­pos­ing on the re­tail­ers that try to op­er­ate busi­nesses in White­house Rd right be­side the fire sta­tion. I’ve wit­nessed a busi­ness owner stop and wait for the siren to fin­ish not once but twice, be­fore they could con­tinue to serve their cus­tomers.

While the siren may have been an in­te­gral part of the fire sta­tion’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions back in the day, New Zealand has had mo­bile tech­nol­ogy for more than 25 years. Per­haps it’s time to in­vest in a new sys­tem?

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