Sound fails to carry
MANY, but not all, Mundubbera residents were woken several times in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.
Therewas a fire call out at 3.50am to a goat farm, but due to an electrical malfunction the siren continued at intervals until 6.30am.
Some residents said the most concerning thing was that many in town and on the outskirts didn’t hear the sirens at all.
The concern was discussed at a local disaster committee meeting on Tuesday night.
Mundubbera SES controller Graham Newman said sirens were well spaced throughout the town and strong winds onTuesday morning may have been the reason some residents didn’t hear them.
There are plans to practise sounding both the long blast siren, which means a fire station call out, and the multiple short blasts, signalling a town emergency, in the near future.
Thiswould familiarise residents with the operation of the sirens and identify any issues.