All about that bass for new firies siren

MINISTER for Emergency Services David Elliott and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins today announced the roll out of new low frequency sirens to alert inattentive motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The "rumbler" sirens emit low frequency soundwaves through large subwoofers installed on the front of the fire truck, creating vibrations which can be felt by drivers in sound-proof modern cars and pedestrians listening to music or on the phone.

While not headed to the Clarence Valley just yet, following a successful trial in the Sydney CBD, rumbler sirens will be fitted to 25 fire trucks in areas of high traffic and pedestrian activity around Sydney.

Commissioner Mullins said drivers should move to the left-hand side of the road when they hear sirens and not brake suddenly or panic. If it is not safe to move immediately out of the way, keep moving forward until it's safe to move over.

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