/ Cham air raid siren?
Strolling thru Cham town centre yesterday morning, an air raid siren starts going off and all the church bells start ringing. Everyone else carries on their daily business so I resist the urge to jump under the nearest table. What was it for tho.?
I think 'air raid' siren might just be the wrong word there! There was a time in Vallorcine (and every other small commune with a voluntary fire service) when the siren that alerts the Pompiers to an emergency was tested at 12:00 midday every Saturday. As far as I know they haven't done this for some years now. Chamonix, being a considerably bigger commune has a permanent professional fire service, however, I'd imagine it was some sort emergency related to them.
Zee Germans are coming?
I think if it was midday it's the alert siren to indicate "British climbers just starting ascent of ordinary route on Mt Blanc du Tacul", all rescue team members to standby.
Switzerland still regularly tests its attack warning sirens. France doesn't do that as well does it?
It's pretty normal, first wednesday of the month at midday the sirens go off.
Happens once a month (?) in Prague as well. Was very confusing as I was on the phone the first time I heard it, and we spent some time trying to decide if it was on my end or theirs...
I'm liking this explanation the best ;-)
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