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November 17, 2014

A Tribute To Ambulance, Police And Fire Crews Everywhere…

Filed under: ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,South Coast — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

To say that Little Mr is fanatical about emergency service vehicles is an understatement. I would be a complete failure  as “Mama with camera”  if I didn’t record at the very least: samples of every emergency service vehicle we find in countries we visit, and said vehicles in very different situation we can find at home.

Flashing lights and sirens add additional ear-drum bursting shouts and squeal of excitement in our car so if I go deaf in later life I will lay the blame squarely at his door and probably ask him to pay for my hearing aids.

Not being able to hear his grumbles at this request would be bonus. There was a programme on Dutch television some years back that highlighted the problem that car drivers often didn’t pull over for ambulances, police and fire engines because they heard the sirens but couldn’t figure out which direction they were coming from.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

My solution both then and now is to install a small boy who adores emergency vehicles behind a microphone on the vehicles and let them be the siren instead.

The sound they emit could clear entire neighbourhoods let alone streets and if Little Mr is anything to go by, they also know the different siren sounds needed for police, ambulances and fire engines. Their impressions are fairly accurate and it would be their dream job.

They are so enthusiastic that only problem might be getting them to stop. Ear protection for emergency service crews would be necessary of course but I’m sure that would be a minor hitch. During our  summer of 2013, long haul drive back to Folkstone, he demands requests photographs of different emergency service vehicles that we pass. To me they all looked pretty much alike but he indignantly  said they definitely weren’t and now that I’m sorting out the photographs, he’s completely correct! I owe him a rather belated apology. Therefore a post especially for Little Mr. … and a tribute to the work of  ambulance, fire and police crews everywhere.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

April 27, 2014

Ok, A Furtive Look Around: … err…When Do I Panic?

Filed under: THE NETHERLANDS,Traditionally Dutch — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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If you are visiting the Netherlands on the first Monday of any month, or came to live here recently you may be forgiven for a startled glance around you when at 12.00 noon you suddenly hear sirens going off everywhere.

When I first arrived in The Netherlands and heard these for the first time I was in the middle of a busy shopping street and looked around nervously to see if other people were doing things that I should maybe take notice of and follow suit.

Hmmm… they didn’t skip a beat, no one flinched or did anything. I was passing a bakery so ducked into the shop and asked the assistant if she knew what was going on please? She grinned and told me not to worry, it’s a normal part of Dutch life, the sirens are tested on the first Monday of every month at noon and if you hear them going off then, then it’s only the test.

If  however you hear these sirens at any other time then it’s a signal that some sort of emergency is at hand. You should turn on your radio and look for directions of what to do from police, Government, the national flooding agency or whichever appropriate agency  is taking control of the emergency situation.

Duh, silly me forgot that the movie feature only shows a horizontal photo so the video clip is side on because I had the camera up the wrong way. Since it’s the sound that’s the most important part of the clip I didn’t think it was worth making the video all over again (yep, if I’m honest I was feeling lazy).

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