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Community Sirens Policy launched

Published 11/05/2012

Community sirens will alert Victorians to local emergencies under a new policy announced today.

The Use of Sirens for Brigade and Community Alerting policy was launched this morning by Victoria's Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Peter Ryan.

Fixed sirens will form part of the State’s warning system for all hazards, including flood, storm and fire. They are not a stand-alone warning system, but an additional tool.

Community sirens will emit a five-minute signal to indicate that a current emergency has been identified in the local area and that people should seek further information.

In an emergency, more information can be found from a range of sources, including emergency broadcasters, the SES and the CFA.

The new policy also tells communities how to apply for a siren if they do not have one.

To read the policy and about its launch, visit the Fire Services Commissioner website.