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Ramsey siren undergoes tests following false alarm 7 September 2007

FURTHER tests will be carried out today (Friday) on the emergency warning siren in Ramsey.

The work follows a false alarm yesterday when the siren, located on Ramsey Fire Station building, sounded the full three minute warning. The rising and falling alert went off at 4.50pm.

The Island’s Emergency Planning Officer Martin Blackburn was immediately informed by a Civil Defence volunteer based in Ramsey. He explained:

‘It sounded the full three minute alert for no apparent reason and it was a few minutes before we could get access and sound the all clear. Meanwhile, I confirmed with the Emergency Services Joint Control Room that there was no emergency and was able to inform all three local radio stations before 5pm that it was a false alarm.’

Mr Blackburn went to Ramsey with an electrician yesterday evening. He added:

‘So far we have not been able to establish why it went off, and further work and testing will be undertaken today. The siren is now on manual operation and will remain so until we can be certain we have found the fault and rectified it.’

The all Island emergency warning siren system is usually tested – sounding the continuous ‘all clear’ tone – at 11am on the first Saturday of January, April, July and October. Anyone hearing the warning siren – similar to a wartime air raid sound – should go indoors, close windows and doors and tune in to a local radio station for more information.

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