Firefighters introduce ‘rumbler’ siren that can be felt and heard

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Sirens that can be felt as well as heard are being rolled out on Fire and Rescue trucks in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

The “rumbler” sirens direct low frequency soundwaves through large subwoofer speakers which are installed underneath the front of the fire truck, creating vibrations that can be felt by pedestrians and drivers.


Emergency Services Minister David Elliot said too often inattentive drivers in sound-proof cars, or pedestrians with headphones, do not hear the traditional siren.

“Modern society today means that people are always tuned out, and that includes unfortunately pedestrians and motorists,” he said.