Testing of Grangemouth Community Warning System

The bi-annual testing of Grangemouth’s community public warning system will take place on Wednesday 5th December at 2.30pm.

The system, operated by the Grangemouth Petroleum & Chemical Complex’s Major Incident Control Committee (MICC), broadcasted warning tones and verbal instructions to the public to ensure they were aware of how to react in the event of a major toxic gas release in their local community.

The test involved activating all 12 alarms simultaneously or individually as an alert in various locations in and around the Grangemouth petro chemical complex.

Grangemouth residents and visitors were not required to take any action when the system was activated.

In the unlikely event of an actual emergency taking place during the test, the transmission via the warning system would clearly indicate such an event and the public should “Go in, Stay in and Tune in”.

MICC chairman, Derek Brown said: “The testing of the warning system is an important part of how we would alert the public in the unlikely event of a major gas leak in the petro-chemical complex.

“Throughout the year, operators work with the emergency services and Falkirk Council to train and exercise for a whole range of different scenarios and this approach ensures we are best placed to deal with many different situations that could arise.

“We’d encourage everyone in the Grangemouth community to ensure that they know what to do if an emergency happened.”