The Royal Commission into this year's terrible bush fires is well underway. Already some are squirming under questioning.
There has been mention of fire sirens in affected towns. The siren used to be used to call the voluntary fire brigade to the station. Its role was largely taken over by a pager system. Of course when the siren used to blast, everyone in town knew that the brigade were being called to a fire.
I understand that generally on day of the worst fires, sirens were not used.
Now, if there is a large fire approaching a town, wouldn't it be a good idea to turn the siren on to a permanent wail? Will it cause panic? Probably. Will it saves some lives though? Probably, in my opinion. Should a siren be broadcast over electronic media? Why not? Should an alert go out via land line and mobile phones? Of course.
Why can't a siren be used to alert people to an emergency situation?