Controversial fire siren for volunteer firefighters turned off

This marks the second time in the last few years that the horn has been turned off due to noise complaints by neighbors.

This marks the second time in the last few years that the horn has been turned off due to noise complaints by neighbors. (2/21/14)

MONSEY - Anger is brewing in Monsey over a controversial decision to stop sounding a fire horn that alerts volunteer firefighters.

It marks the second time in the last few years that the horn has been turned off due to noise complaints by neighbors. 

The Monsey Fire Commissioners voted Wednesday night to turn the siren off, but since then, volunteer firefighters have had to rely solely on pagers. Some volunteers say that the pagers are not as reliable and do not work all the time.

On the other hand, Monsey resident Mattis Gilbert says the siren going off at all hours is disruptive.

The siren was turned off for three months in 2011 for the same reasons with similar results. The concern is that without the siren, there could be more property damage or even losses of life due to fire.

For extended interviews on the controversial decision, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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