The sirens will be tested during the regular monthly test at noon on Monday, March 5, and during the state-wide tornado drill and test of the Emergency Alert System at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21. (In the event of inclement weather, these drills may be canceled to avoid causing undue alarm.)
The new sirens are located at: 11 N. Locust Street, 4250 Soldiers Home Miamisburg Road, 350 Wilson Park Drive, Fire Station 57 at 1700 S. Alex Road. Another siren, recently replaced in 2009, exists at the W.C. High School located at 5833 Student St.
Two sirens, formerly located 883 Blanche Drive and 225 Lake Forest Drive, were removed because the new sirens are more efficient and cover a larger footprint, according to Fire Chief Chris Barnett.
The grant covered approximately half of the total installation cost of $84,276.
The former sirens were installed in 1982. “Reliability and the availability of parts to repair the sirens was starting to be a concern due to their age,” Barnett said. “When the grant funding became available to assist in paying for new sirens, we knew we needed to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Barnett said the newer technology allowed the city to reduce the total number of sirens needed and provided for battery back-up power source that was not available on the older sirens.
The sirens may not sound different to residents, but they have ability to be heard approximately 1.5 miles away, depending on the topography and atmospheric conditions.
Barnett said the sirens are meant to alert people who are outdoors in parks or bike trails that something dangerous is happening, and to go inside. “You may hear the siren indoors, but they are not intended to penetrate inside residential and commercial structures,” Barnett said. “People who are already inside need to depend on other communications alert options to stay updated on impending danger.”
For media interviews, call Fire Chief Chris Barnett at (937) 847-4645. For information about the state- wide drill, please visit weathersafety.ohio.gov.