Group Aims to Quiet D.C. Fire Apparatus

Some residents of Columbia Heights, located in Washington D.C., are a part of the group QuietDC wants to cut down the use of emergency vehicles’ sirens.

Patrick Flynn, Advisory Neighborhood commissioner, says the number of people complaining about a spike in noise has tripled. Many of them are troubled with Monroe Street, which added extra parking spots on January 1.

But others say it comes with the territory and think D.C. leaders have bigger problems to solve.

“It’s absolutely insane. It’s ridiculous… you don’t like the noise? Don’t buy a house next to the fire station,” says Fernando Sandoval.

“The reason why it creates noises is because it’s to let people know that a fire engine is coming so it can save someone’s life,” says Sheika Reid, who works in Columbia Heights.
Reid has worked across the street from Engine 11 for 15 years.

“We have soundproof windows. We knew what we were moving into so we deal with that accordingly,” she says.

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