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Larchmont Fire Signals:
Interpreting Those Whistle Patterns

by Judy Silberstein

(July 15, 2003) A Gazette reader writes: "At least three times last night the fire whistle went off. The pattern was always 1-6.

As I guess you know, those patterns mean something. Most of us, however, don't know what they mean.

How about a listing of what those patterns mean, in the Gazette, in a printable format, so that, when I am awakened at 4 am by the siren, I can look at the trusty chart that I printed out from the Gazette and determine that, probably, it's not my house that's on fire?"

Dear Reader:   What an excellent suggestion! Fire Department Captain Tom Andersen advises that the code is being revised, but that new code cards are not yet available.

Here's the code chart from 1992, as found on Larchmont Online:

Fire Signals:

Larchmont Fire Dept.
Larchmont, New York
1992

Emergency Only: 834-0600
Business: 834-0016
Chief's Office: 834-0471


Fire Horn Signals. The Village of Larchmont is served by both professional and volunteer fire fighters. Volunteers receive information about fire calls in two ways: pager and fire horn signals. If a volunteer cannot hear a pager, s/he can still know where to respond by deciphering the fire horn signal. Each residence has a three digit code or "box number" associated with its location. To call volunteers to a locale, the fire horn will emit the determined number of blasts. So, for example, if you reside near the corner of Winans and Sherwood Drives, your box number is "112" and the fire horn will sound: one blast (pause); one blast (pause); two blasts. For a full alarm, two rounds will sound.

Cracking the Fire Horn Signal Code. When the fire horn sounds, if you want to know the location of the alarm, you need to consult the tables provided below. Roughly, if the horn starts with one blast look in the table for Zone 1; two blasts, look in Zone 2, etc.

Special Calls
Company Calls
Automatic Boxes
Zone No.1 Zone No.2 Zone No.3 Zone No.4 Zone No.5 Zone No.7




Special Calls


Box Number (2 Rounds) Minor Alarm
2 - Diaphone Test (8:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. & noon Sunday)
2-2-2-2 - No School
(One Round at 7:15 am. And One Round at 7:30 am)
3 (1 Round) - Call for Chiefs
4 - (Slow) Followed by Box Number Diaphone Test
5 - Off Platoon
6-6-6-6 (1 Round) - Call to Quarters
8 (2 Rounds) Followed by Box Number Emergency Call
9 (2 Rounds) - Police Call
Box No.(4 Rounds) Plus 888 (1 Round) Red Cross Disaster Signal in Larchmont,
1 Round 888 Out of Town




Company Calls

61 - (2 rounds) Engine Co. No.1
62 - (2 rounds) Hose Co. No.2
63 - (2 rounds) H. & L Co. No 1
64 - (2 rounds) Patrol Co. No.1
65 - (2 rounds) Ambulance Corps.



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Automatic Boxes


27 - Chatsworth School
37 - St Augustine's School
14 - 20 North Avenue
21 - Larchmont Avenue Church
31 - Larchmont Post Office
32 - Larchmont Yacht Club
41 - Manor Inn
42 - Larchmont Shore Club
51 - Larchmont Temple
52 - Temple Beth Emeth

Zone 1

Box No. Location
112 - Winans And Sherwood Dr.
113 - Harrison Dr. and Iselin Terrace
114 - Harrison Dr. and Rockwood Dr.
115 - Harrison Dr. and Shadow Lane
116 - Harrison Dr. and Palmer Ave.
117 - Harrison Dr. and Railroad. Tracks
118 - Woodsway and Rockwood Dr.
119 - Tulip Lane
121 - Sherwood Dr. and Sherwood Oval
122 - Dawes Place and Iselin Terrace
123 - Dawes Place and Rockwood Dr.
124 - Shadow Lane
125 - Coolidge Street
126 - Palmer Ave. and Harold Place
127 - Railroad Yard
131 - Kilmer Road
132 - Winslow Place and Iselin Terrace
133 - Pinebrook Dr. and Rockwood Dr.
134 - Pinebrook and Shadow Lane
135 - Pinebrook and Stuyvesant Ave.
136 - Pinebrook Dr. and Palmer Ave.
137 - Freight Yards
138 - Beverly Place
141 - Mayhew Ave. and Bayard St.
142 - Mayhew Ave. and Lincoln St
143 - Mayhew Ave. and Brookway
144 - Mayhew Ave. and Stuyvesant Ave.
145 - Cliffway and Sound View Drive
146 - Palmer Ave. Foot of Glen Lake Dr.
147 - Henigson's Lumber Yard
151 - Beach Ave. and Bayard Street
152 - Beach Ave. and Lincoln Street
153 - Stuyvesant Ave. and Howard St.
154 - Stuyvesant Ave. and Rockhill Terrace and Wakeman Place
155 - Soundview Drive and Parkway
156 - Palmer Ave. and Parkway
157 - West Street and North Avenue
161 - Gilder Street and Post Alley
162 - Larchmont Ave. and Beach Ave.
163 - Larchmont Ave. and Stafford Place
164 - Larchmont Ave. and Summit Ave.
165 - Larchmont Ave. and Rockhill Terrace
166 - Larchmont Ave. and Palmer Ave.
167 - East Ave. and North Ave.
168 - Center Avenue


Zone 2

Box No. Location
211 - (Larchmont Addison St. Parking Area)
212 - Addison Street and Chatsworth Ave.
213 - Wendt Ave. and Forest Park Ave.
214 - Wendt Ave. and Summit Ave.
215 - Wendt Ave. and Vanderburgh Ave.
216 - Wendt Ave. and Palmer Ave.
217 - North Ave. Bet. East and Chatsworth Ave.
221 - Chatsworth Ave. and Forest Park Ave.
223 - Chatsworth Ave. and Concord Avenue
224 - Chatsworth Ave. and Vanderburgh Ave.
225 - Chatsworth Ave. and Franklin Ave.
226 - Chatsworth Ave. and Palmer Ave.
227 - Chatsworth Ave. and Railroad Bridge
231 - Bonnet Avenue
232 - Hall Ave. and Forest Park Ave.
233 - Roosevelt Avenue
234 - Summit Avenue (East End)
235 - Hall Avenue and Virginia Place
236 - Hall Avenue and Palmer Avenue
237 - West-Depotway and Woodland Ave.
238 - Railroad Station (South Side)
239 - Station Parking Plaza
241 - Nassau Road
242 - Cambridge Court
243 - Devon Road and Highwood Way
244 - Devon Road and Virginia Place
245 - Concord Avenue (East End)
246 - Palmer Avenue (Village & Town Line East)
247 - Woodland Ave. (East End)

Zone 3

Box No. Location
311 - Monroe Ave. and Woodbine Ave.
312 - Monroe Ave. and Willow Ave.
313 - Ervilla Drive
314 - Monroe Ave. and Cherry Ave.
315 - Clarke Court
316 - Monroe Ave. and Boston Post Road
321 - Larchmont Yacht Club Grounds
322 - Flint Ave. and Willow Ave.
323 - Cherry Ave. and Flint Ave.
324 - Lyons Place and Locust Ave.
325 - Thompson Place and Locust Ave
326 - Thompson Place and Boston Post Road
331 - Cedar Island
332 - Shore Drive and Bishop Place
333 - Douglas Lane
334 - Flint Avenue and Flint Place
335 - Bronson Ave. and Locust Ave.
336 - Bronson Ave. and Boston Post Road
341 - Old Colony Drive
342 - Old Colony Drive and Shore Drive
343 - Locust Avenue and Flint Park Gate
344 - Birch Lane
345 - Village Yards
346 - Post Road, Village & Town Line (East)
361 - Flint Park


Zone 4


Box No. Location
411 - Pryer Lane, (South End)
412 - Pryer Lane and Pryer Manor Road
413 - Pryer Lane and Magnolia Ave
414 - Kane Avenue and Hazel Lane
415 - Kane Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
421 - Oak Bluff Avenue
422 - Beach Avenue and Magnolia Avenue
423 - Beach Avenue and Maple Avenue
424 - Beach Avenue and Walnut Avenue
425 - Beach Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
431 - Beach Avenue and Park Avenue
432 - Grove Avenue and Park Avenue
433 - Grove Avenue and Cedar Avenue
434 - Grove Avenue and Linden Avenue
435 - Grove Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
441 - Prospect Avenue and Park Avenue
442 - Prospect Avenue and Magnolia Avenue
443 - Prospect Avenue and Maple Avenue
444 - Prospect Avenue and Linden Avenue
445 - Prospect Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
446 - Prospect Avenue and Walnut Avenue
451 - Circle Avenue and Park Avenue
452 - Circle Avenue and Larchmont Avenue
453 - Circle Avenue and Maple Avenue
454 - Circle Avenue and Walnut Avenue
455 - Circle Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
461 - Park Avenue (East)
462 - Larchmont Avenue and Magnolia Avenue
463 - Larchmont Avenue and Cedar Avenue
464 - Larchmont Avenue and Linden Avenue
465 - Larchmont Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
471 - Ocean Avenue and Linden Avenue
472 - Bay Avenue
473 - Ocean Avenue and Linden Avenue
474 - Ocean Avenue and Walnut Avenue
475 - Ocean Avenue and Woodbine Avenue


Zone 5


Box No. Location
511 - Dean Place and Post Road
512 - Dean Place {Town Section)
513 - Lorenzen Street (South End)
514 - Lorenzen Street and Post Road
515 - Lorenzen Street (Meadows)
516 - Kilmer Road and Post Road
517 Pine Ridge (East)
518 - Pine Ridge (West)
519 - Woodbine Avenue (West End)
521 - Oak Avenue (West End)
522 - Willow Avenue (West End)
523 - Chestnut Avenue (West End)
524 - Elm Avenue (West End)
525 - Jochum Avenue (West End)
526 - Mayhew Avenue and Post Road
531 - Kane Avenue and Oak Avenue
532 - Kane Avenue and Willow Avenue
533 - Kane Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
534 - Kane Avenue and Elm Avenue
535 - Kane Avenue and Jochum Avenue
536 - Kane Avenue and Post Road
541 - Beach Avenue and Oak Avenue
542 - Beach Avenue and Willow Avenue
543 - Beach Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
544 - Beach Avenue and Elm Avenue
545 - Beach Avenue and Jochum Avenue
546 - Beach Avenue and Post Road
551 - Prospect Avenue and Oak Avenue
552 - Prospect Avenue and Willow Avenue
553 - Prospect Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
554 - Prospect Avenue and Elm Avenue
555 - Manor Lane
556 - Manor Lane and Post Road
561 - Larchmont Avenue and Oak Avenue
562 - Larchmont Avenue and Willow Avenue
563 - Larchmont Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
564 - Larchmont Avenue and Elm Avenue
565 - Larchmont Avenue (Municipal Park)
566 - Larchmont Avenue and Post Road


Special Zone 7


Box No. Location
712 - Boston Post Road and New Rochelle Line
721 - Dillon Road and Edgewater Place
722 - Chester Place and Moran Place
723 - Parkland Avenue and Locust Terrace
724 - Pryor Manor Road and Gaillard Place
725 - Pryor Manor Road and Dogwood Lane
726 - Wildwood Circle
761 - Premium Point

 

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