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Topic # 74679 5-Jan-2011 10:54
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I live in Timaru, and down here all of a sudden the civil defence sirens go every other week. Apart from radio (which I don't really have), is there any info published online to say why they are going? Trouble is they go so often I never know if its for real or just another test. It seems everyone else I know here just ignores them now as they go so often.

When I was a kid, and lived elsewhere, they used to test the sirens, I think from memory on saturdays at noon. I haven't worked out if there is a pattern here yet.

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  Reply # 424194 5-Jan-2011 10:59
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Please define 'Civil Defence Siren'. You mean the old bomb-raid sirens right?




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  Reply # 424196 5-Jan-2011 11:00
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Additional thought: If yes, you're probably thinking of the same sirens that Volunteer Fire Brigade's use as part of their turnout. Their routine tests are performed at 12:00 on Saturdays often.






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  Reply # 424206 5-Jan-2011 11:32
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BlakJak: Additional thought: If yes, you're probably thinking of the same sirens that Volunteer Fire Brigade's use as part of their turnout. Their routine tests are performed at 12:00 on Saturdays often.


Yes your right, 26/27 years ago I lived in a small town with Volunteer Fire Brigade. Made sense to test it at that time.

I have since contacted a lot of people, and it seems 6 months ago they decided to step up the testing from sporadic to regular monthly testing, and now the tests occur at 10:45am of first Wednesday of the month.

It seems that since I am so technologically backward and use the internet for my entertainment and news, instead of a newfangled transistor radio, that I did not hear the announcement on the radio that regular tests would commence at that time each month. It seemed more regular than once a month, but I guess as the old saying goes, time flies when you're having fun!

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  Reply # 424909 7-Jan-2011 09:51
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It was also on stuff.co.nz about 6 months ago

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