Sorry about siren
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.