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1/11/06-Tyler

All Tyler's Emergency Warning Sirens Now Working

Tyler citizens can feel safer tonight, knowing all 30 of the city's emergency sirens are now working. For the last couple of months, KLTV has reported how the sirens in some parts of Tyler were not working.   Last week, KLTV asked the city why six sirens failed the city's warning system test, and what was going to be done about it.

A week later, the test was heard loud and clear throughout Tyler this morning. First a message warned citizens it was just a test, and then a series of siren sounds were heard.   For some, like KLTV 7's Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto, it was a sound not heard in awhile.

"It sounded like it was supposed to sound," said Mark Scirto, Chief Meteorologist. "It sounded like it did seven or eight months ago when the sirens were working." Last Wednesday, KLTV tried contacting the mayor and city manager about the problem. Police Chief Gary Swindle agreed to talk, and that day crews were out replacing batteries on all 30 sirens.

"The six not working last test period was enough obviously to put us on high alert and it caught our attention," said Chief Gary Swindle, Tyler Police Department. Chief Swindle says they will replace the batteries more often, as well as, get on a routine maintenance program.

"It's a learning process, but that's why we have the system and we are going to do a better job of making sure they are working," said Chief Swindle. It's good news Mark says for the entire city.

"I'm kind of sad that it took so long to get this resolved, but now that we are ready to go into the tornado season I'm pleased, and I think everybody in Tyler should be pleased," said Scirto. Next month, Chief Swindle says they will continue their regular testing schedule on the first Tuesday of the month, and he says if you notice a siren is not working, contact police department, so they can fix it.  

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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