Loud piercing and endless, I hear them in my sleep.
Then there is the alarm that sounds when phones aren't answered fast enough,
The air raid siren I call it.
More sounds enter the mix:
Co workers on the phones
TDD's and answering machines
Officers over the radios...
It all blends together into a single roaring noise.
Only occasionally does one pick out
Someone else's call.
(This is how one can be alone in a room of a dozen people)
Occasionally there is a lull.
The quiet cue that not much is going on.
We look up at each other like storm survivors
Conversing for a moment or two.
Then erupts the sound again..
"This is 911 what is your emergency?"
The sounds begins again.