Red Level, AL (WSFA) - It's a sound they will never forget, and now it's back. Back in the 1930's the city of Red Level bought a fire siren. It cost a whopping $250. When the siren went off, fire crews rushed to a meeting spot and went out to battle the flames. "It was a way for us to alert fire fighters, we didn't have those 2-way radios," said current fire chief Jimmy Coxwell. "When it went off when I was like 4 or 5 I would run and jump into my grandpa's arms," said current mayor Michael Purnell. "I didn't know what it was, but it was loud."
After sitting in a storage shed for several decades they pulled it back out. What was once mounted on a pole outside a hardware store, is now attached to the Red Level water tower. In early February they tested it out, and folks had to come out of their homes and see what was making all that noise. "I think it works pretty well," said mayor Purnell. And this is something you might not see anywhere else. "I don't know of another one in the county or anywhere around here," said Coxwell.
Along with fires the city will also sound the siren during tornado warnings. Right now the only drawback, it isn't linked to the county emergency system. So the only way to turn it off and on is by doing it the old school way, pushing a button, just like they did when they first got in 1938.