Whippany Fire Department / Civil Defense Siren
Copyright 2014 by Joseph F. Krygoski
Federal Sign and Signal Corporation Model C3 1/2
Total Units Bought New 1951 (3)
Remote Operation Control via NJ Bell Phone Line (Verizon)
This Siren was originaly installed across from 9 Reynolds Ave, Whippany, NJ in 1951. It was relocated to Hanover Township's Bee Meadow Pool Parking Lot in 1969 and remained in that location until the Spring of 2013 when it was donated to the Whippany Railway Museum.
The siren would blow eight cycles with each blast lasting about five seconds.
As the town grew in population and new housing developments went up after World War II, the need to alert volunteer members in outer-lying parts of the town needed to be addressed.
Two more sirens were added in late-1951, one pole-mounted siren located across from 9 Reynolds Ave and the third pole-mounted unit sited near the Salem Drive School on the Water Department's water storage tank property. These new audible signals provided the necessary coverage for the next twenty years.
The Board of Education would decide if weather conditions were too dangerous and closed school. Parents would listen to the local radio station (WMTR 1250 AM ) or wait to hear the siren blow at 7AM.
These sirens were tested every day at 5 PM, and the test signal was used by many local families as time for dinner. Many kids would race home so as not to be late when the whistle blew!
As technology with radios, pagers and cell phones advanced, the needs of the siren or Fire Whistle was diminished. Once members were able to be contacted via radio signals, the sirens were eventually taken out of service.
Air Raid Siren donation to Whippany Railway Museum
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Since 1965 the Whippany Railway Museum is dedicated to Preserving the Heritage and History of the Railroads of New Jersey through the Restoration, Preservation, Interpretation and Operation of Historic Railroad Equipment and Artifacts from New Jersey and the immediate vicinity