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Sirens a reminder of danger lurking offshore
March 03, 2010 11:07 am

Curry County’s 911 Director Michael Brace canceled Monday’s  5 p.m. tsunami siren test, figuring the real tsunami threat trigger by the Chilean earthquake two days earlier had left enough people on edge.

Fair enough.

The bone-chilling cry of a siren, even when its expected, has an unsettling affect. A siren is sounded at 5 p.m. on the first day of each month in the coastal towns of Harbor, Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford. Often, the test catches some residents and unsuspecting tourists off guard (judging by the worried phone calls the Pilot fields each time).

The purpose of the siren test isn’t to strike the fear of God into residents, well maybe a little. It’s to send a consistent message for us to be ready to move to higher ground in the event of a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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Volunteer firefighters are critical to community
February 10, 2010 09:21 am

The Brookings-Harbor area is known for its legion of volunteers and those who go beyond the call of duty – and that was proven last weekend when 29 volunteer firefighters graduated from a 6-week, 46-hour first-responder course (See story on Page 1A).

That means the next time someone in our community is in a desperate medical emergency and the ambulance hasn’t arrived yet, one of these qualified firefighters can do more than the basic CPR and first aid.

Sounds great to us!

We salute these unpaid volunteers who spent time out of their busy lives to get the extra training. And we salute Cal-Ore Life Flight for getting the grant and donating the equipment and instructor that made it possible.

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