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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

AIR RAID SIRENS WERE ONCE A PART OF SAN FERNANDO VALLEY LIFE

2010 -- The Year of Valley History -- Northridge100
Air Raid Siren in Northridge 2010 - Photo by Richard Hilton for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
Air Raid Siren in Northridge 2010 - Photo by Richard Hilton for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
"Attached are photos I took of one of the air raid siren
polls in Northridge. Many of us who went to school in the 50's, 60's and 70's still remember the sounds of the Air Raid Polls. This one is located on Reseda and Lassen. We used to have one near my elementary school (Napa Street), but when I went over there to take a photo the
city had removed it. Enjoy" Richard Hilton

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7 comments:

Gerald R. Fecht said...

If I remember correctly, they used to test these sirens on the first or last Fridays of the month. At 10am I think. Jerry

Kate said...

I love these things. Such an awesome reminder of a (hopefully) bygone era. My little boy is fascinated with the inoperable sirens.

Charles said...

I too grew up with the Air Raid Sirens, although I lived in West LA. The siren system (including the SFV) was operated by the County of LA, and indeed 10AM last Friday of the month was the testing. The last test was Jan 1986, after which all sirens were never again tested. The Grand daddy of all sirens; the Chrysler 6-horn behemoth up at the Cerro Negro Lookout station above La Crescenta, is still there, in it's 6000-lb glory. The pole-mount Federal 500 and SD10 sirens, are disappearing one-by-one as developers are required to remove them pursuant to building permit approvals. I am a siren collector and restorer, and I have a few of them restored and operational on our ranch just west of Moorpark in Ventura County.

hatemyjob said...

Hi
Does anyone know about the air raid siren on Woodlake in west hills?
Lisa

Dansolo said...

Regarding the Air Raid siren on Woodlake. It is siren 166 out of about 200 + original sirens. It is still there.http://wirechief.com/sirens/166.htm

Dansolo said...

Anyone interested in Air Raid Siren locations in the LA area check out

www.wirechief.com

pictures, locations, an official list, fun stuff.

Dansolo said...

Regarding the Air Raid siren on Woodlake. It is siren 166 out of about 200 + original sirens. It is still there.http://wirechief.com/sirens/166.htm