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

Public Service Announcement.

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System 

November 25, 2020 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy

The monthly test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System will take place on December 2, 2020, 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

Bentinck Island Range

18 November 2020 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy

The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27, 2020.

Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces, local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction affect how far the sound will travel.

Numerous studies have been conducted on the potential environmental effects of Bentinck Island demolitions. Specifically, blast noise in the marine environment during land-based demolitions is almost undetectable by acoustic equipment above that of other underwater background sounds such as waves and marine life.

The public is reminded that no unauthorized person may enter this area and trespassing is prohibited.

Associated Links
www.facebook.com/EsquimaltBase

Contacts 

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs

Phone: 250-363-4006

Email: cfbesquimalt@outlook.com

After Hours: 250-888-6775

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 9:30am