PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt's Mass Notification System

Public Service Announcement

Burning at DND’s Rocky Point Property 

28 November 2019 – Metchosin, B.C. – Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy

The Department of National Defence is planning to burn debris piles at the Rocky Point property in Metchosin.  Management of vegetation has resulted in debris piles consisting of scotch broom, gorse and small conifer trees. Vegetation management is necessary to prevent wildfires, maintain military training areas and protect species at risk.   

Up to 15 debris piles will be burned over approximately five days between November 30 and December 31. Burning will be conducted on days when weather and ventilation conditions are favourable and when permitted by the BC Ministry of Environment. Some smoke will be generated during burning.  

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System 

November 27, 2019 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy 

The monthly test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System will take place on December 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. for approximately one minute. 

Residents may hear sirens and verbal messages from speakers mounted on tall poles in Dockyard, Naden and Work Point in Esquimalt. Due to a variety of environmental factors including temperature, humidity and wind direction it may be possible that the sirens will be heard in neighbouring municipalities. 

Because CFB Esquimalt covers a large area, this system will be an invaluable tool during an emergency for communicating important information to base employees, contractors and those visiting our facilities. 

During the monthly tests, two tones plus a message will be used - the ‘test tone’ (alternating tone), a message in English and French and the ‘all clear’ tone (similar to Westminster chime). Audio files are available on the Maritime Forces Pacific website. 

Routine one-minute tests will take place on a monthly basis at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

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