WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The city of West Carrollton was planning on testing its tornado sirens Monday, April 20th at noon. That test has now been postponed to Monday, April 27th at noon.
Fire Chief Chris Bennet said the test was postponed due to poor weather and not wanting to cause confusion with the tests.
The sirens will be tested using the city of Centerville’s dispatch center.
The two cities made a deal in January to merge the dispatch centers in an effort to save the city of West Carrollton money.
“It’s a savings measure the city of West Carrollton has gone over and over different budget ideas, but it turns out this is the most logical for the city” said Captain Andy Shepherd, West Carrollton fire department.
City leaders pledge the merge will not impact emergency response to the city.
“For the average citizen they should see no change in service. When they call 911 or the non emergency line they are still going to get a responder just as they would if the dispatch center were in West Carrollton”
If weather permits the tornado sirens will be tested Monday at noon. Otherwise they will be tested Monday, April 27th.
West Carrollton’s fire stations are also getting renumbered in accordance with the Montgomery County system. Station 1 will be designated as station 56. Station 2 will be designated as station 57.
“This will help to avoid any confusion in communications between different jurisdictions who might have previously had the same station or vehicle numbers” said fire chief Chris Barnett, West Carrollton fire department.
The change officially goes into effect April 30th at 10:00a.m.