Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 11/7/2012 (1609 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Quiet nights are a thing of the past in Winnipeg's inner city. I felt I was living in a war zone as I stayed overnight providing eldercare for my mother in the once-quiet older part of Elmwood.
Every few hours throughout the night, the police helicopter circled overhead, waking me up for long periods of time. When I finally dozed off, a series of sirens with their high decibel levels woke me once again. These sounds are very unsettling.
This scenario is also a regular occurrence in Osborne Village, where I live. The helicopter circles regularly throughout the night, waking me up at regular intervals. It always seems to take at least two loud vehicles to attend each medical emergency, and there are many emergencies in a neighbourhood with a high concentration of seniors. The volume of the sirens is enough to scare anyone to death.
Surely in this age of ringtones and other innovative sounds, the emergency system could find less invasive sirens. European fire trucks and police vehicles manage to get to their destinations with lower and quieter, but still urgent, sounds.