Testing of Grangemouth Community Warning System

Published 29 November 2016

The bi-annual testing of Grangemouth’s community warning system is taking place on Wednesday 7th December at 2.30pm.

The system, operated by the Grangemouth Petroleum & Chemical Complex’s Major Incident Control Committee (MICC), will broadcast warning tones and verbal instructions to the public to ensure they are aware of how to react in the event of a major toxic gas release in their local community.

The test will involve activating all twelve alarms simultaneously or individually as an alert in various locations in and around the Grangemouth petro chemical complex.

Grangemouth residents and visitors will not be required to take any action when the system is activated at that time.

In the unlikely event of an actual emergency taking place during the test, the transmission via the warning system will clearly indicate such an event and the public should “Go in, Stay in and Tune in”.

MICC chairman, Derek Brown said: “The testing of the community warning system is an important part of how we would alert the public in the unlikely event of a major toxic gas leak in the petro-chemical complex.

“Throughout the year, MICC member companies work with the emergency services and Falkirk Council to train and exercise for a whole range of different scenarios and this approach ensures we are best placed to deal with many different situations that could arise.

“We’d encourage everyone in the Grangemouth community to ensure that they know what to do if an emergency happened.”

Further information can be found at www.falkirk.gov.uk.

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