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New sirens to be installed in Bay Co. communities

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

When disaster strikes the sound of an emergency siren could save your life.

That was the danger Pinconning residents lived with because in this community, the emergency blare couldn't be heard.

"If you don't get the alert, it's too late after the fact," said Wyatt Boyer, a Pinconning resident.

"I don't think I've heard a siren since I was a kid in this town," said Erik Szyperski.

But that will soon change.

"It's a great thing, we're going to get a new one," said Szyperski.

The Bay County Ways and Means Committee has accepted a $300,000 grant from oil and gas provider Breitburn Energy to help improve the county's public safety. Pinconning, Linwood, Kawkawlin, and Hampton Township will each get a new emergency siren.

"We're very excited about it, to enhance our system, and to enhance public safety overall, it's a great day," said Bay County 911 Director Chris Izworski.

The emergency blares should be heard by the fall. That's when the county expects the new sirens to be installed.

"I think it's been long overdue," said Boyer.

"Early detection and early warning are kind of the key in emergency situations like that, so anything that can get as many people warned as quick as possible is worth any amount of money really," said Szyperski.

Another added level of safety for those who live in those communities.

The money will also be used to enhance the county's fire paging system and to purchase five gas monitors.

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