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Saturday, June 16, 2021

If you’re a connoisseur of piercingly loud noises, take a listen to the Rumbler.

It’s the latest possible addition to the arsenal of sounds that NYPD squadcars pack. And there’s a solid reason for that variety:

Police departments began using manual windup sirens early in the last century, and models with electrical motors around the Depression years. In the early 1970s, manufacturers introduced sirens with different patterns and frequencies, to address a growing problem: Officers in different police cars using the same frequency often could not hear each other when approaching the same intersection, a dreaded phenomenon known as the wash-out effect that is a recipe for a crash. The yelp, the wail, the fast and the hi-lo sirens were born.

I could swear I’ve already heard the Rumbler in action. Not directed at me, of course. If I had my choice of signature siren sound, I think I’d opt for the Wail. I’m traditional like that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/16/2007 05:56:42 PM
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