Sorry about siren

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

The New Zealand Fire Ser­vice re­grets the dis­tur­bance caused by a fault that set off the Ti­tahi Bay Vol­un­teer Bri­gade siren at 5.30am on Fe­bru­ary 16. This has now been fixed.

The bri­gade uses both a pager sys­tem and a siren to alert vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers to an emer­gency. The siren is a backup for the pager sys­tem dur­ing the day (7am to 9.30pm) as fire­fight­ers may not al­ways have their pager with them. The siren also warns peo­ple and traf­fic that the bri­gade is about to turn out to an emer­gency.

At night, (9.30pm to 7am) the bri­gade’s fire­fight­ers rely on their pager to alert them – the siren is only ac­ti­vated if for some rea­son the pager sys­tem fails.

The Ti­tahi Bay bri­gade tests its siren ev­ery Satur­day at mid­day as re­quired by the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice. We would be in­ter­ested in hear­ing the com­mu­nity’s thoughts on this as we are con­sid­er­ing chang­ing the day and time of this test. Please call and leave a mes­sage with your com­ments at 236 8073.

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