When I was a kid in a small town in North Carolina back in the late 50s to the early 60s when the fire whistle you could turn the am radio to the local radio station in town and they would come on and tell where the fire was in town. This was before pagers and alert radios so that the town's volunteers knew where to go. They also told the public the laws about following fire apparatus and running over fire hose.
Now when I was a member of the fire dept and went to the Maryland State Firemens' Convention in Ocean City, MD in the early mid 70s the towns fire whistles blew and the local radio station told where the fire was in town and the same laws.
Anyone else remember their area doing the same type of thing or something different.
Maybe something their local fire dept did when they were a kid that is interesting.