LYNDHURST, N.J. -- The Lyndhurst Fire Department has put its horn system back in service for those hours during the day when traffic around the firehouse is thickest.
The system is sounding a series of three blasts between 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
The township is most congested with vehicles and pedestrians during those hours, and firefighters are more likely to be out of their homes, officials.
The system was taken out of service while reservations were being completed on Town Hall more than 15 years ago.
" The system serves multiple purposes," officials said in a statement. "[It's] backup alerting device to firefighters during times of loss of power when radio communications fail. This was an issue most recently during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
"Most importantly, the area of fire headquarters has become congested with patrons of the Town Center Shopping Plaza as well as those enjoying the many outlets of enjoyment in the township park," they said.
"This will alert pedestrians and motorists to be aware that firefighters are responding to fire headquarters in their personal vehicles as well as alert them that fire apparatus will be responding through town.
"During times of natural or manmade disasters, the system can be utilized by the Township’s Emergency Management officials to alert residents to tune into the township’s emergency alerting radio station, 1700 AM, or social media, when technology is working, to be informed of pertinent information.
"The safety of our residents, visitors, and firefighters is of our utmost priority."
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