Response to Anonymous Email Comment
At 02:59 on September 27, 2019, we received the following anonymous email from a resident of Islip Terrace regarding the siren sounding in the middle of the night. We work hard for the members of our community and wanted to take the opportunity to respond.
|I am a resident of Islip Terrace, and I just experienced your station siren going off at 2:30am. I understand using the siren blasts during the day, but 2:30am is unacceptable. My one year old is now screaming in the middle of the night because she happened to be sleeping with the windows open. Other FDs have policies to limit the siren use to daytime hours. I really think you need to adopt these policies. I’m sure a petition from town residents would reflect the same sentiments.
At 2:17 am we were activated for a structure fire. When the Chief arrived he found a home engulfed in flames with residents still inside and declared 'an emergency'. Sadly, one of the occupants lost their life in this fire.
We have policies in place that limit the use of the station siren. We only sound the sirens at night when a true emergency exists. A family in our community needed help and the sirens are another way of alerting all of the hard working volunteers, as well as the surrounding Fire Departments that there IS an emergency and we need all hands on deck.
We sincerely apologize for interrupting your family, but please understand that any time you hear the sirens in the middle of the night, someone in our community truly needs help. Thank you for your feedback and we hope you were able to get your little girl back to sleep quickly.
Fatal House Fire in East Islip