After the siren was tested members of Beford County EMA and fire departments take a picture break. Front: Firefighters Josh Carlock and Rodney Schmiede. Back: EMA Director Scott Johnson, EMA Operations Manager Tammy Anderson, Bedford County FD Chief Mark Thomas, Wartrace Mayor Ron Stacy and Wartrace FD Chief Jeff Phillips.(T-G Photo by Mitchell Petty) [Order this photo]
Bedford County now has a third tornado warning siren, and it's housed at the Wartrace Fire Hall. The Wartrace siren joins emergency alarms at Eagle Boulevard and The Webb School.
Wartrace Mayor Ron Stacy (right) accepts a check for $5,000.
Wartrace has been seeking a way to replace their old tornado siren for some time now, and thanks to a $5,000 grant received from railway transportation company CSX, they've got a new alarm.
The alarm is connected to the Bedford County E911 Center, and can also be triggered manually at the fire hall. When the power's out, so are televisions and many radios. This siren is generator-powered to avoid any chance that the town's citizens will go unwarned of inclement weather situations.
Bedford County Emergency Management Agency and members of various county fire posts tested the alarm Friday morning after its base post was installed. The wiring was put in this past week while the siren's housing was constructed from materials donated by Gaves Metal Products.
Workers bore a hole to install a post for Wartrace's new tornado siren.
Wartrace Mayor Ron Stacy and Fire Chief Jeff Phillips wished to thank all county firefighters involved with the installation, and CSX for their monetary donation to construct the siren that they hope will help make the county a safer place to live.