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In former times the Timeball Station informed the ships in the harbour about the exact hour with a big bang every day. The sound we can now hear nearly every day are the roaring horns of the fire brigade, following the deafening alarm.
The number of alarms is absolutely fascinating but partly explained by the fact that the alarm does not only ring in case of fire but also if the fire brigade is needed in Christchurch for car accidents and other incidents.
Still - many times it is just annoying when you see how often the fire brigade races through the streets of Lyttelton because some idiot is burning rubbish in his courtyard and sets the whole garden alight, or at least, scare his neighbours enough to make them call the fire brigade.
As our house sits on a rock above the main streets we have a great view over the whole action including the depot. So nearly from the sofa we can first watch the race of the firemen to the depot and then the way the trucks take. We have seen many times that the fire brigade help the idiots clean up their rubbish, and wonder who pays for all this needlos action in the land of the arsonists where the forces of the fire brigades should not be stretched to the limit by irresponsible people. But it is part of our daily life. Really a pity.
Update Nov. 2012
We still have a the sirens going off frequently, and every Thursday night at 7pm (probably for calling the guys for the weekly pub crawl ;-) - but in the meantime the fire station has been demolished due to earthquake damage. The engines are parked on an adjoining property.
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