PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt's Mass Notification System

Public Service Announcement

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System 

October 30, 2019 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy 

The monthly test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System will take place on November 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. for approximately one minute. 

Residents may hear sirens and verbal messages from speakers mounted on tall poles in Dockyard, Naden and Work Point in Esquimalt. Due to a variety of environmental factors including temperature, humidity and wind direction it may be possible that the sirens will be heard in neighbouring municipalities. 

Because CFB Esquimalt covers a large area, this system will be an invaluable tool during an emergency for communicating important information to base employees, contractors and those visiting our facilities. 

During the monthly tests, two tones plus a message will be used - the ‘test tone’ (alternating tone), a message in English and French and the ‘all clear’ tone (similar to Westminster chime). Audio files are available on the Maritime Forces Pacific website. 

Routine one-minute tests will take place on a monthly basis at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System 

October 2, 2019 – Metchosin, B.C. – Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy 

The Department of National Defence, in partnership with the BC Wildfire Service, will be burning debris piles at the Rocky Point property in Metchosin.  Up to 15 piles of tree and shrub debris will be burned over approximately 20 days between Oct. 2 and Nov. 30. Burning will be conducted when weather and ventilation conditions are favourable. Noticeable smoke will be created during burning.   

Debris piles have been created through management of vegetation, including Scotch broom, gorse, and small conifers.  Vegetation management is necessary in order to maintain military training areas, protect habitat for species at risk, and reduce fire hazard.  

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