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Weather siren to be tested Thursday

THE CITY’S SEVERE WEATHER SIREN is mounted atop a utility pole at the rear of the Cairo Fire Department. Fire officials will be testing the siren Thursday to evaluate its effectiveness.

Following up on a request from a Cairo city councilman, the Cairo Fire Department will be conducting a test of the city’s severe weather siren tomorrow, Thursday, April 5, between noon and 4 p.m., according to Fire Chief Jim Fielding.
At last week’s Cairo city council meeting, Councilman Ernest Cloud requested that City Manager Chris Addleton evaluate the current siren. According to Cloud, the existing siren cannot be heard in all areas of the city.
Addleton says the fire chief has scheduled this week’s tests to determine the reach of the siren.
“I have asked the chief to explore all of our options including what the current system is capable of and whether or not we need to make some upgrades or add additional sirens,” Addleton said.
Based on the fire chief’s review and analysis, any additional equipment would be included in the city’s 2012-2013 operating budget, the city manager said.
Chief Fielding advises local residents the siren will be activated Thursday, but citizens should not be concerned.
City officials also apologize for any inconvenience the testing may cause.

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