Biggest mourning since Mao died

It was a national display of public grief unmatched since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976.

Then, the government declared a week of mourning. At 3pm on September 18, the nation stood to attention for three minutes while sirens sounded to mark his death.

Tuesday, 20 May, 2008, 12:00am

Fire-engine drivers act responsibly

Brian Swan asked what the general practice was regarding the use of sirens and emergency lights by fire engines (South China Morning Post, September 4).

Sirens and emergency lights serve to warn road users of the approach of fire engines during emergency journeys - for instance, when attending a fire scene or a traffic accident.

12 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Siren sympathy

I refer to the letter headlined 'Noisy police sirens cause sleepless nights' (South China Morning Post, July 8). I have full sympathy for Andy Yau, your correspondent, and anyone else whose sleep is disturbed by sirens.

1 Aug 2001 - 12:00am


At 5am on the morning of March 20, the relative quiet of our residential area in Mid-Levels was shattered by an emergency vehicle sounding its siren.

26 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

A self-made siren in the deep end

FIVE years ago Santha Press gave herself a work-or-starve ultimatum: after 14 years supplementing her earnings as a musician and actor by waiting on tables she quit her part-time job, forcing herself to find enough work to support herself.

17 Jan 1999 - 12:00am


I wish members of the public would stay out of the way when they see an emergency vehicle with its siren on.

I find it sad and annoying to see cars not getting out of the way for ambulances and fire engines with sirens on. Pedestrians also often react with indifference.

2 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Sirens waking up residents

I LIVE close to North Point Fire Station.

There are many occasions when I am woken in the middle of the night by sirens from passing fire engines. This happens well after 11pm.

I fully understand the need to turn on sirens full blast when the streets are busy to warn drivers and pedestrians of the approaching fire engine.

8 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

New sirens

I REFER to the letter headlined, ''Adaptable sirens needed'' (South China Morning Post, June 30), concerning noise from emergency vehicles. Your reader may appreciate that the purpose of sounding the siren of fire appliances when responding to an emergency is two-fold.

23 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Adaptable sirens needed

THE scene: it was 4.52am and for the previous 45 minutes I had been trying to coax my eight-month-old (teething) daughter back to sleep. I thought I'd succeeded, but then I heard a sound that made my heart sink: the two-tone siren of an approaching emergency vehicle.

30 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Irresponsible drivers obstructed fire engine

THE recklessness and callous behaviour of Hong Kong's drivers are going beyond the limit.

Not only do they disregard the normal rules of the road, but are heedless of the urgency of certain situations and lack the common courtesy that is required in certain circumstances.

30 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Why sirens are so important

I REFER to Mr Derek Chan's letter complaining about the noise caused by the use of sirens from fire engines and ambulances at Tin Sum Fire Station at night (South China Morning Post, December 18).

31 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Sirens keeping residents awake

I LIVE in Block 6 of Carado Garden, which is situated opposite Tin Sam Fire Station, in Tai Wai, New Territories.

The residents in this block, are constantly bombarded by the sound of sirens from fire engines and ambulances. On countless occasions, my family has been wakened in the small hours of the night.

18 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Silence sirens

I AM really annoyed at the sirens of ambulances, fire engines and police cars wailing late at night.

Flashing lights should be good enough to serve the purpose of informing road users to give way at this time.

W. Y. KWOK Pokfulam

18 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Saved thanks to firemen's swift action

I WOULD like to commend the fire services department for their swift response to a distress call on the night of January 14.

I live on Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town, and the sound of passing fire engines with sirens blaring, is a common occurrence.

20 Jan 1993 - 12:00am