The Rumbler: Low frequency siren helps first responders get to scenes quicker

It's a siren you can feel, & drivers can't ignore

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - When Officer Justin Reed gets an emergency call, he doesn't have time to spare. But approaching an intersection can be dangerous. 

"It turns into a mess at a big intersection, especially in season," says Officer Reed.

So he turns to "The Rumbler," an intense low frequency siren that sounds like loud bass. It's a siren you can feel, and drivers can't ignore. 

"There's a big difference, you see people turn their heads to find out where the sound is coming from, and they're more apt to move," said Officer Reed. "There are a lot of distractions and cars are built so well that the sound doesn't get in. Any addition to get your attention is a good thing."

More than half of Delray Beach Police and Fire Rescue vehicles have it. Several agencies in Broward County also use it.

At $700 per rumbler, they're not cheap. But Reed says he wouldn't want to be on the road without one. 

"It's just another tool I can use for my safety and for the safety of anyone else on the road," said Reed.

An extra alert every time he's on patrol.

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