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Grangemouth sirens to be updated

The original systems emitted a World War II siren sound

Warning sirens designed to alert residents in Grangemouth to emergency incidents at the giant refinery in the town are to be updated.

Emergency planners said the existing sirens, which emit a World War II sound, are to be replaced with a new alert system.

Seven new units will be erected on 10m high poles at strategic points around the town and emit bursts of sound.

The warning system was first installed in Grangemouth in 1968.

Sandy Todd, chair of the area's major incident control committee (MICC) said: "This is an important development for the people and industry in Grangemouth.

"The new alert system will be capable of transmitting different sounds and voice instructions and will replace the World War II siren sound.

"The new equipment being installed will have a public address system to enable specific instructions to be relayed to the community.

"It will even have the potential to transmit messages in different languages."

As with the existing siren system, when installation of the new system is complete, the new equipment will be operated from the MICC control room at Grangemouth Police Station.

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