Grand Saline looks to replace warning sirens

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Considered in healthy financial shape

By Kat Hinson


The Grand Saline City Council’s May meeting focused largely on measures to replace the emergency warning system for the city of Grand Saline.

The city’s sirens have not been usable for an estimated three years due to the difficulty of finding replacement parts; while efforts to replace the system have been underway for some time, the incident in Van has made city officials determined to speed up the process.

Grand Saline Fire Marshal Tully Davidson presented a report on possible replacement systems, with models ranging from about $20,000 to more than $100,000.

Davidson’s suggestion was a moderately priced siren system with a backup generator that could power, if necessary, an entire emergency operations center in the case of an electrical outage. Davidson also stressed that his preferred system had the advantage of a remote access signal, where during an emergency the sirens could be activated through a radio and did not require a manual start.

The council agreed that they would review the materials and do additional research to replace the current system. 

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