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Air raid siren in Fyshwick this morning?

By camel 1 June 2012 9

I was out to get coffee this morning at about 8:20 up at the eye hospital and on my out I heard something in the distance that sounded like an air raid siren. Anyone care to shed some light on why it may of been sounding?

I know that in rural areas they use it to alert their staff of a call out for the fire department, but I didn’t think this was the case in Canberra.

Thanks in advance

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Gungahlin_Bob 5:52 pm 02 Jun 12

Glad someone brought it up….

I heard it myself in Fyshwick at 9.05am, not loud, but unmistakeably an Air Raid siren (as per the movies…I am not that old)…was going off for while…

I was looking for a mushroom cloud 😉



bd84 12:57 pm 02 Jun 12

The Germans are coming..

eily 9:37 am 02 Jun 12

To the best of my knowledge to only air raid siren in the ACT is on the old Kingston Powerhouse.

Sir Pompously 2:07 am 02 Jun 12

The only “Air raid” style alarm I know of in use at the airport is the Storm Warning system at the terminal. However, while it is loud you certainly cannot hear it in Fyshwick (it faces towards Fairbairn), you can hardly hear it off the apron. They may still have a “Crash Alarm” but in all my 4 and a half years I have never heard one.

EvanJames 2:49 pm 01 Jun 12

theforce said :

The crash alarm at the airport? I used to work at Fairbairn and I seem to recall they tested it on Friday mornings.

We used to hear those go off, in the olden days, haven’t heard them in years though. they were pretty-much like the old air-raid sirens.

There are general alert sirens, heard them for the first time in Civic on the day of the fires.

theforce 2:20 pm 01 Jun 12

The crash alarm at the airport? I used to work at Fairbairn and I seem to recall they tested it on Friday mornings.

Holden Caulfield 2:17 pm 01 Jun 12

Didn’t hear it on the t’other side of Canberra Ave.

PBO 2:10 pm 01 Jun 12

Not really common knowledge, but a lot of the older brick buildings in Fyshwick are ex military, so it really would not be that far from reality that there would be an old siren/s kicking around the area somewhere.

Also, the noise could have come from HMAS Harmon as those Navy types like to blow each others horns.

Gnaty77 2:05 pm 01 Jun 12

Might be the gas storage tank fire out at Majura?

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