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

Public Service Announcement

Training at Albert Head

July 30, 2020 – Victoria, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy

A training exercise will be conducted on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at the Albert Head Training Area in Metchosin from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. During this time, members of the public may notice an increase in noise and coloured smoke in the vicinity of the training area.

The public is reminded that no unauthorized person may enter this area and trespassing is prohibited.

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System 

July 29, 2020 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy

The monthly test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System will take place on August 5, 2020, 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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Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs

Phone: 250-363-4006


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