A mass of modern communication methods is leading to the end of an era in the southern portion of the township: the fire bell at the Pioneer Hose Fire Company will toll for the last time soon.
“The Pioneer siren is at an end,” said Mayor John Ducey.
The township had received numerous complaints about the siren, which, in the days before wireless communication, alerted volunteers to a fire call. Different Shore communnities have handled the issue of fire sirens differently. In Surf City, a public outcry led to a malfunctioning siren being replaced rather than eliminated, mainly due to a lack of wireless service during Superstorm Sandy. But Brick officials say their equipment can handle the task.
“There is no reason to have that [siren] in 2018 since everyone has cell phones,” Ducey said.
Ducey said he discussed the matter with the police chief and fire commissioners before the decision was reached.
Pioneer Hose operates two fire houses – one off Drum Point Road on the Brick mainland and the other on Route 35 in the barrier island portion. The siren is located at the Drum Point location.