Joined: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:38 pm Posts: 17
Real Name: Ethan K
YouTube Username: Thunderbolt Railfanning
Location: Queen Anne's County, MD / Bloomsburg, PA
To ring in the new decade before heading back to school later this month, I returned to Easton in Talbot County, MD for their Model B on January 4th. Overall, it wasn't too loud, but it was still punchy and gets the job done for this small neighborhood, and it's nice to see an old siren like this still being used.
Some of you may remember the guy on YouTube whom many noted resembled "Ned Flanders," who ran a dB test on this siren while also complaining that the community alert signal was similar to the fire signal. Talbot County was interesting for this back in the day. Back then, the community alert signal was a "slow fast wail," and that signal has since been changed to alert, along with the all clear signal being done away with. The fire signal was also shortened to sound up to 6 cycles; the amount depending on the severity of the fire call.
This town's system is also particularly interesting, consisting of this siren, 2 Model 3s less than a mile away, an ACA Screamer S5, and a defunct Thunderbolt 1003A. I had recorded the Model 3 at the FD headquarters last April, where the Thunderbolt also stands. The remainder of Talbot County has mostly Model 3s, STH-10s, Model 2s and Model 5/7s.
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