Once in a while we’re dispatched to a call that ends with, “RP is requesting silent approach.”
One partner I worked with liked to deliberately leave the sirens fully wailing all the way until she was in park in front of the address whenever we got this request. Yes, this partner.
This is obviously some strange concern about privacy and discretion. We never got this request in poor neighborhoods; I surmised that it was a “you’re our servants” mentality. Clearly someone is not really having that big of an emergency.
As if no one is going to notice the fire engine and the ambulance. Or the diesel engines and the jake brakes.
As if we don’t shut sirens down in residential areas anyway as a matter of routine and courtesy. Not to mention how tired we are of the sirens.
As if there aren’t policies and vehicles codes that specifically address the use of sirens as necessary. As if there isn’t a bus that we get thrown under if we wreck and the other party uses the words, “didn’t,” “hear,” and “sirens” in the same sentence.
I hear taxis don’t have sirens.