Public Safety

The City of Lancaster offers residents high quality public safety services. These include law enforcement agencies, fire department agencies and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The agencies and organizations are responsible for planning for and responding to emergencies. They coordinate programs that are geared towards ensuring effective and efficient public safety for residents.

City Siren Sounds

The audio file below is the City of Lancaster siren sound for fire calls. This siren is a repeating wail sound. When the public hears this siren, we ask that they be more aware of their surroundings and if driving, pull over if they see someone behind their vehicle with red or white flashing lights. If not in a vehicle, please stay away from the streets.

The next siren is the City of Lancaster tornado or severe weather siren. It is a long steady unchanging tone. It is used whenever there is imminent danger from a tornado or extreme weather that has been seen within the Lancaster area. This siren can be used at any time 24 hours a day if there is a danger to the city. This siren will continue throughout the emergency. There is no "All Clear" signal, we just ask that you be very cautious after this siren has sounded. We caution all residents to not go out looking for the severe weather, but to take cover in a basement, storm cellar, or interior room without windows. The roads should be used by emergency responders at the time of this type of emergency. If you need help, call 911 from a land line or mobile phone.