Written by Phil Cerroni
In the event of a weather emergency, Irving’s commitment to public safety will be heard loud and clear thanks to the upgrade of the outdoor warning system siren located at West Park, located on Conflans Road. Irving’s newest siren is the first of its kind—and likely the most audible—in North Texas and replaces the West Park siren, which was installed 28 years ago.
Compared to the old siren, the new Federal Signal Model 508 Electro Mechanical Siren extends the audible range by more than 50 percent. When activated, the new siren can be heard outdoors up to 1.38 miles away. West Park is home to the first of two siren upgrades planned this year by the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The second installation will occur at Fire Station No. 2, 1306 N. Story Road. In all, Irving has 25 sirens strategically located throughout the city designed to cover all major areas. OEM officials are planning for the installation of up to three sirens per fiscal year until the entire collection has been upgraded with the new equipment.
Irving’s Outdoor Warning System is activated in case of emergencies, such as severe weather, and is designed to notify people who are outdoors to seek shelter. Sirens are activated when a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service, a funnel cloud is reported by a reliable source, sustained winds exceed 70 miles per hour or if the city receives reports of hail larger than 1.25” in diameter.
Source: City of Irving