Lifeboat launch warning with bespoke siren systemUK signalling manufacturer E2S Warning Signals has designed and developed a bespoke siren system to alert people nearby when an RNLI lifeboat is launching. The new siren system has been installed at a number of UK stations, including Cromer, Selsey, Weston-super-mare, Mablethorpe, Bridlington, Weymouth, Fowey, Rosslare, Yarmouth, Anstruther, Lymington, St Ives and Eyemouth.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. It has 236 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. Its lifeboats are crewed by specially trained volunteers, who carry pagers. When the pager goes off, alerting them to an emergency at sea, they drop everything and rush to the station to launch the lifeboat.
The bespoke siren system produced by E2S has special software which produces an alarm tone combined with a voice message to alert anyone within the immediate surroundings about the launch. In operation, a two-second attention-seeking alarm tone is followed by a pre-recorded voice warning to explain what it means and it aims to warn public on the sea front and nearby boating traffic to the impending launch. The sirens will routinely only be sounded between 7am and 10pm at any location.
The siren systems have been extensively tested at a number of locations in conjunction with local communities to ensure their appropriate effectiveness. Neal Porter, sales and marketing director at E2S, comments: "It has been great to work with the RNLI to support the charity in its lifesaving mission and to assist in promoting the safety of the crew and public during the launch of the lifeboats. Our engineering and product development teams worked closely with RNLI Operations to achieve the specific requirements set out for the signalling solution we eventually provided."
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives.
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