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Firefighters with the Marin County Fire Department's Tamalpais Fire Crew monitor a backfire as they battle the Valley Fire on September 13 near Middletown, California. More than 4,000 firefighters from around the country are suing the company that makes sirens on fire trucks for not protecting firefighters' hearing. (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
Firefighters with the Marin County Fire Department's Tamalpais Fire Crew monitor a backfire as they battle the Valley Fire on September 13 near Middletown, California. More than 4,000 firefighters from around the country are suing the company that makes sirens on fire trucks for not protecting firefighters' hearing. (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
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More than 4,000 firefighters across the country, both current and retired, are suing Federal Signal, a company that makes those blaring sirens on fire trucks. They argue that the company doesn't do enough to make the sirens safer for firefighters, many of whom suffer from hearing loss and tinnitus, which causes a near-constant ringing or buzzing in the ears.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks to George Beary, a retired Chicago firefighter who's participating in the suit, and Marc Bern, the attorney who's representing the firefighters, about the lawsuit and what they say are the issues with the sirens.

Guests

  • George Beary, retired Chicago firefighter.
  • Marc Bern, the attorney who's representing the firefighters

This segment aired on December 22, 2015.

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