ARCATA- The familiar noon time siren that cuts through the city every afternoon sounded for the last time Monday. The well-known whistle will be replaced by a historical bell on top of the newly remodeled Arcata Fire Station.
City employees, city council and community members joined the Arcata Fire Protection District break ground on the construction project. The station will undergo a remodel as the facility is upgraded.
Since 1975 the siren has been blaring at noon, but has not served a purpose other than to alert those in Arcata of the lunch hour. The bell, said Chief Desmond Cowan, is a part of the agency's history and sat in a tower behind the old station over a hundred years ago.
Cowan said the bell would alert firefighters and call them to the station.
The remodel is expected to be completed in Spring 2015.