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Mass notification system installed at
Fort McCoy

Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

The six new sirens installed for the Fort McCoy External Mass Notification System will provide better coverage for outdoor announcements, said Quentin Graham.

PHOTO: An employee from the Frontline Plus Company of Minnesota installs a siren at Pine View Campground. Photo by Rob Schuette
An employee from the Frontline Plus Company of Minnesota installs a siren at Pine View Campground.

Graham, Fort McCoy’s emergency management specialist for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, said the new sirens were installed by the Frontline Plus Company of Minnesota. The Whelen Siren System replaced the existing mass-notification system equipment.

The new system was tested in December and supports the cantonment area; adjacent Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities; the Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport; Family housing areas; and the contingency operating locations.

“The new sirens provide increased outside coverage, so a greater number of personnel can hear the siren tone with voice message that follows,” Graham said.

Notifications are in three groups. Severe weather or peacetime emergency is a steady 3-5 minute tone. Active hostile threats, such as an active shooter, is a 3-5 minute wavering tone. The third group is the daily bugle calls.

“The new system decreases previous coverage gaps, and since this is an external (outdoor) system, individuals inside buildings may not be able to hear the new sirens,” he said.

The installation’s e-mail system will continue to be used to notify personnel inside buildings about weather-emergency announcements, etc., he said.

Detailed siren information will be sent out by the Fort McCoy Emergency Management via e-mail.
Questions from the Fort McCoy community about the external mass notification system can be directed to 608-338-4747.

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