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Emergency warning sirens move closer to reality for Tyrone Borough

A plan for an emergency warning system for Tyrone Borough has been in the works for years, and now the latest of those plans has moved a step closer to reality.
Albemarle Corp. has agreed to pay for the removal and transportation of sirens from Altoona. Then, the sirens would be worked on by members of the Blazing Arrow Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Company.
“(The city of) Altoona donated these to the borough at some point,” said Borough Manager Nathan George. “There were originally three and the borough crews went and got one of them.
“Albemarle will pay (Bryce Saylor & Sons Inc., Altoona) to go and get the other two and they have already put that in motion,” said George on Tuesday.
“They’ll then need to be installed and set up for use in an emergency. They’ll only be used for emergencies, not for fires.”
Randy Andrews, Albemarle plant manager explained some of the history of the effort to install an emergency warning system in Tyrone.
“Several years ago, our community advisory council became interested in implementing an emergency warning system,” said Andrews. “Not just for chemical emergencies, but also transportation or natural disasters.
“The late ‘Barney’ Mogle formed a group outside of our advisory council,” said Andrews. “They spearheaded an effort to get an emergency notification system in place. They raised funds; brochures were printed up (to explain how it worked).
“The system relied entirely on Westvaco’s whistle,” said Andrews. “The brochures were printed in a Saturday edition of the Herald so every household would get one.
“They did a test. The outcome of the test was everyone couldn’t hear it,” said Andrews “We were left with about $400 to $500 and it was turned over to the borough.”
At one point during the process, Saylor offered to remove and transport the donated sirens from Altoona. Later, the company decided not to follow through on the donated time and manpower, but were still willing to do the job if financial sources were found elsewhere.
“We decided to pay for it,” said Andrews. “I’ve been working with Tyrone’s borough manager, Saylor and the city of Altoona.”
Andrews indicated he was hopeful of hearing back from a Saylor representative sometime this week.
Greg Saylor, the president of Bryce Saylor & Sons Inc. explained where his company is in the process.
“We need to bid it out,” said Saylor. “I looked at one of the sirens, but I believe there was talk of two.”
Saylor indicated he was hopeful of having a price estimate by the end of the week or next week at the latest. He also indicated, at least for the siren he inspected, he didn’t think the actual work would take that long to complete.
After the sirens are moved and repaired, the borough would still have to decide where to install them. It’s not yet been determined how much the installation and operation of the sirens would cost or who would pay for it.