The clang of the fire engine bell which has been a familiar sound in England for more than 50 years may soon disappear with the introduction of a new type of warning siren on Britain's fire engines.
TRAVEL SHOT of fire engine travelling along road.
LV Fire station.
SV Engine,...commentator asking question....."sounds exactly like a French fire engine" (A)...."well its not only exactly"..........."that the fire engine is coming.
CU Fire Officer...(Q) "how long have we had the bell in this country"........ (A) "I think as far as I can make out".
SV Commentator..."Can we just try this out with a spin into Maidstone"........ (A) "yes of course we can by all means".
LV Engine leaves station.
TRAVEL SHOT TOWARDS....fire engine.
LV TOWARDS...fire engine, and pan to backview.
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Background: The clang of the fire engine bell which has been a familiar sound in England for more than 50 years may soon disappear with the introduction of a new type of warning siren on Britain's fire engines. The new siren gives a two-tone sound, a high and a low note following each other in quick succession.
With the ever increasing traffic and noise on the roads the old-type bells are no longer sufficient to warn the public of the approach of a fast fire engine on an emergency mission.
The new siren - the same as used by the French fire brigades. - will increase both safety and speed on these missions.
Visnews interviewed Feb 12 Lieutenant Commander Fordham, Chief Officer of Kent Fire Brigade in Maidstone.