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Purdue's siren you can feel

You can now hear, see and feel emergency vehicles out on the roads.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 6:56 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 6:57 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A new low frequency technology allows police, fire and ambulance services to get the attention of even the most distracted people.

On campus, most students are listening to music or looking at their phones while walking. This technology allows the students to feel the vibration of the emergency siren so they can get out of the way faster.

Purdue ambulance driver Trevor Stinson sees distracted walkers every day.

"We've had to stop and wait but it's not just them, it's also vehicles too," said Stinson. 

That's why the Purdue Fire Department invested in a new type of siren.

"The technology basically uses a low frequency sound to create motion in the air," said Purdue Fire Chief Kevin Ply. "So, not only can you hear the siren but you can actually feel it."

News 18 asked some students what they thought about the technology.

"I've actually been in a situation where I didn't hear a police vehicle," said Garrett Lowe. "I think it could be a great step forward to kind of help everyone else to say if we don't hear it we can feel it."

"I feel like best case scenario, it helps one person," added Lauren Odle. 

"If it can help and allow us not to have an incident, then I would say it's money well spent," said Stinson. 

Right now, the Purdue Fire Department only has one low frequency siren but Chief Ply said it will probably expand to more vehicles in the future.

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