It’s a raid
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?