|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.
An employee from the Frontline
Plus Company of Minnesota installs a siren at Pine View
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
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
“The new sirens provide increased outside coverage, so a greater number
of personnel can hear the siren tone with voice message that follows,”
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
“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.,
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.