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

Public Service Announcement.

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System 

September 30, 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 October 7, 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.

Prescribed Burning at DNDs Rocky Point Property

28 September 2020 – Metchosin, B.C. – Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy

The Department of National Defence (DND) will be conducting prescribed burns at Rocky Point in Metchosin, BC. Similar to past years, up to 25 hectares of land may be burned over approximately three to five days between 30 September and mid-October.

Prescribed burning is the planned and controlled application of fire to a specific land area and is one of the most ecologically appropriate and efficient means for achieving public safety and resource management objectives. Prescribed burns are effective in achieving several land management objectives for DND including mitigating wildfire risks, maintaining open natural landscapes for military training, and protecting and restoring rare Garry Oak ecosystems which support a large number of species at risk.   

Prescribed burns will be conducted by the British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS) when weather and atmospheric conditions are most favourable and within site specific fire indices. Some smoke will be generated during prescribed burns.    

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