Firefighters trialing new ‘vibrating’ sirens on Queensland roads

Gold Coast motorists may feel a rumble the next time they’re near a Queensland fire truck, with firefighters trialing new ‘vibrating’ sirens which they hope will save precious seconds during emergency call-outs.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the new technology could result in faster response times for crews.

Mr Crawford said rumbler-type sirens have been fitted to eight fire and rescue trucks across the state to alert distracted drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.


“The sirens emit low-frequency soundwaves through large subwoofer speakers attached to the front of the vehicle – creating a vibration which can be felt up to 60m away,” Mr Crawford said.

It’s understood modern technology, such as better sound systems and sound-proofed vehicles, are making it increasingly difficult for firefighters to alert motorists to their presence.

“Flashing lights and sirens might go unnoticed, but these sirens vibrate – making them more noticeable,” Mr Crawford said.

“It’s hoped the rumbling feeling being directed at road users will help firefighters reach emergencies quicker, and more safely.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new sirens each cost about $2000 to install – a small price to pay when every second counts.

“Although this is a trial phase, it’s important not to rule out methods which could significantly improve safety, efficiency and operational performance,” Ms Carroll said.

“Any technology that could assist in saving lives and improving the overall efficiency of our firefighters will always be considered.”