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The West Texas Sirens Thread/SirenkiD's Picture Dump

December 29th, 2009, 7:44 pm

As y'all know, I am continuing education here at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Almost all communities, regardless of size, have storm sirens out here. Most have multiple units of different makes and models. This usually means each town has an interesting inter-brand mix. Many communities test weekly or daily.

It is my plan to try and get pictures and info on as many sirens as possible around the panhandle area. This "project" will be a joint venture thread between Trey, myself, and possibly KDKsiren, of Amarillo. Expect frequent updates. I am not quite sure how long this thread will be, but if it gets to be as long as the Hamilton Co thread, at least we will have pictures on every page/something to look at or hear. :]

There will be a general format for posts, as you will see with this first post. Info included will be city/county, sirens/models, and locations. If possible, we will always try to include a screenshot of a map of the units

Enjoy, and comment or make suggestions as necessary.

Additionally, expect to see the other communities I have already documented merged into this thread soon.

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Shallowater, TX [Lubbock County]
Number of Sirens: 5 [known]
Types: S3V8, FS2001, FSSTH10
Testing Schedule: Weekly, Mon/630PM
Authority: Shallowater FD

Notes: This system is the perfect example of a West Texas town system. They have 5 sirens, and in reality could get away with just the one 2001. This is overkill to the max, and I love it. This is typical no-method placement. You can easily see the STH-10, 3V8 and 2001 at the same time from any of those 3 units. Interestingly, the only sirens with controls at the unit are the water tower 3V8 and 2001.


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Siren 1 [Sentry 3V8]
12th & Avenue G [Baseball Park]
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Siren 2 [Federal STH-10]
8th & Avenue G [City Hall/VFD]
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Siren 3 [Federal 2001]
7th & Texas Avenue [Water Tower/Maint. Yard]
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Siren 4 [Sentry 3V8]
Avenue N & 10th [Football Stadium]
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Siren 5 [Sentry 3V8]
CR-1540 & 7th [Water Tower]
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December 29th, 2009, 11:39 pm

Great pictures so far!

Sounds like a plan.

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December 30th, 2009, 8:46 pm

We are looking forward to seeing it and helping too.

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December 31st, 2009, 2:15 am

KDK and his dad were nice enough to send me this link to all the sirens that they have personally found in the Greater Amarillo Area, as well as a few outlying towns like Dumas, and Hereford.

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=35.33611740189793~-101.90093994140625&lvl=9&sty=r&cid=A7A2DA379797A4A1!112

They have found 106 thus far!
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December 31st, 2009, 7:17 pm

Will you three be placing siren locations on a joint map? md5 and I have a google map of all siren locations in Kansas we have found.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8& ... e2&t=h&z=6
The only problem I have is it places so many locations on the map, before creating a new page.
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January 1st, 2010, 9:27 pm

Dylan: I am not yet sure if we will be doing an interstate cooperative map, but I don't think I'd be too opposed to the idea.

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Today I went down to the City of Ransom Canyon, TX to do a system shoot.


Ransom Canyon, TX [Lubbock County]
Number of Sirens: 2 [known]
Types: FDSA, FS2001
Testing Schedule: Monthly, 1st Wed/100PM
Authority: City of Ransom Canyon/RCVFD

Notes: This system is one of the few "new" siren systems around the Lubbock area. It has been here for a few years, and consists of 2 sirens. They have a 2001 down in the canyon, and a DSA which warns the northern rim. Note that the 2001 has a light fixture, as well as a red strobe light. I am not sure what the strobe is used for.

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North Rim Siren [Federal Signal DSA]
Ransom Canyon City Hall (stock photo)
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Canyon Siren (2) [Federal Signal 2001:DC]
Brookhollow & Lakeshore Drive
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Sirens that live at my house: 1000BT, 2T22A. Sirens in my town: 0.

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January 3rd, 2010, 11:01 am

Good pictures!

The strobe light on the 2001 probably comes on if AC power fails.

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January 3rd, 2010, 2:16 pm

Thunderboltlover wrote:Good pictures!

The strobe light on the 2001 probably comes on if AC power fails.


My guess is for flooding, seeing as it is on a lake, but it could be for power or battery failures too. The DSA does not have a strobe.
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January 3rd, 2010, 6:01 pm

Wolfforth, TX [Lubbock County]
Number of Sirens: 3 [known]
Types AP15, UK3HP
Testing Schedule: Unknown
Authority: Unknown

Notes: Wolfforth is basically an appendage that hangs off Lubbock to the Southwest. Thanks to some direction from Trey, and a little help from google maps, I was able to easily locate their 3 sirens. I am assuming the 3HP siren on the water tower is used for fire calls. It appeared to be hooked up to power, with a line running from the VFD across the street. These three sirens cover the town nicely. As usual, they could probably get away with a lone Penetrator in the center of town.

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Siren 1 [Unknown 3HP (looks like)]
4th St. & 98th/5th St. @ Water Tower
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Siren 2 [ACA Penetrator-10HP]
FM 193 & Water Tank/City Lot
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Siren 3 [ACA Penetrator-10HP]
Flint Ave. & US HWY82/62 @ Water Tower
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Sirens that live at my house: 1000BT, 2T22A. Sirens in my town: 0.

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January 5th, 2010, 8:39 pm

We had seen the P-10 by the water tower when we were there for a football game a couple of years ago. Wasn't sure if it was a P-10 or P-15.

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January 16th, 2010, 10:21 pm

School has begun, so not as much energy left at the end of the day to do this. :oops:

But, I do have a couple more "1-siren" towns, as well as a town in progress with 6 sirens.

Reese AFB, TX [Lubbock County]
Number of Sirens: 5, 2 Removed.
Types: S10V, FS2, FS5
Testing Schedule: Sys. Decommissioned
Authority: Reese Technology Center/City of Lubbock

Notes: This is the old AFB warning system that the US Government had in place, back in the days of Reese. The base was shut down during the mid-90's, and now belongs to Lubbock. They are in the process of converting the base into a business and technology park and executive airport. Many of the old USAF buildings have been left untouched. The only part that has been demolished is Reese Village, which looks as if an F-5 went through and destroyed everything. [If only this was the case, Lubbock would probably have sirens by now.] Many of the houses that were once in this neighborhood are now in various cities around the panhandle. This area was served by a FS2, which now belongs to Trey, and a 3-phase Sentry 10V (still standing). Siren placement on-base was well thought out. Not so much for the village. Only in West Texas...

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Siren 1 [Sentry 10V]
I was naughty and went onto restricted property. :twisted: The gate was open so I went in with plans to plead ignorance if someone stopped me. The place was deserted.
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Siren 2 [Federal 2]
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Siren 3 [Federal 7]
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Smyer, TX [Hockley County]
Number of Sirens: 1
Types C5
Testing Schedule: Non-existant
Authority: Smyer VFD/City Hall

Notes: This town is little more than an intersection on TX114. They have a Fedelcode 5.

Map:
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Siren:
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Opdyke West, TX [Hockley County]
Number of Sirens: 1
Types; FS2
Testing Schedule: Unknown
Authority: Unknown

Notes: This little trailer park village is apparently the town of Opdyke West. They have a very nice little Federal 2, complete with city tornado shelter. Maybe sometime I will go and take a look inside of it.

Siren:
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Shelter:
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Opdyke, TX [Hockley County]
Number of Sirens: 1
Types: W3016
Testing Schedule: Unknown
Authority: City of Levelland, TX

Notes: This neighborhood is about 2 miles outside of Levelland, TX, which has a system of Whelen 3016's. I will post a map and more details when I get out to Levelland to take pictures.

Siren 1 [WS3016]:
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Abernathy, TX [Hale County]
Number of Sirens: 6 [known]
Types FSTB, FSD10
Testing Schedule: Unknown
Authority: Unknown/City of Abernathy

Notes: A perfect West Texas town. They use six sirens for the job of one Thunderbolt. The siren in the upper middle of the map is the Thunderbolt. Note the map scale. I will get pictures up tomorrow after I take them when I get off of work.

Map:
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Sirens that live at my house: 1000BT, 2T22A. Sirens in my town: 0.

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January 18th, 2010, 10:31 pm

Update to Abernathy:

Abernathy has crazy overkill coverage. They have a total of 8 sirens. I found two additional units today. They have SD-10s, a Thunderbolt, and Federal Fire Siren/Lion. Some sirens are rather low, while others are higher. It seems the newer units are on taller poles.

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Siren 1 [FS Thunderbolt 1000T]
Fire Department 10th St. & loop 369
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Siren 2 [Federal Fire/Lion]
Ave. E & 7th St.
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Siren 3 [Federal SD-10]
Ave. K & 3rd
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Siren 4 [Federal SD-10]
S. Ave E & 2nd Pl.
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Siren 5 [Federal SD-10]
Ave. J & 16th St.
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Siren 6 [Federal SD-10]
Ave. L & 13th
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Siren 7 [Federal SD-10]
E. 13th & Texas Ave.
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Siren 8 [Federal SD-10]
E. 4th St. & Ave. A
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I wouldn't be very surprised if they have hidden another SD-10 somewhere. I don't like repetition too much in siren systems, but SD-10-dominant systems rock.
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January 19th, 2010, 1:53 am

If you can find out what their testing schedule is, I'd love to hear a recording of Abernathy's system. That would be some great ambiance (maybe better than Purdue's :( )

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January 20th, 2010, 8:20 pm

This project is such a cool idea! I am very impressed so far and look forward to future posts.
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RE: Abernathy Testing

January 21st, 2010, 1:42 pm

I contacted the Abernathy City Maintenance people today to see when they test. They are one of the less progressive towns.

"Oh we test about once a year. We tested last year so that should be good for the next year or so."

Post, TX, and a few other communities around here do the same thing. It is a little frustrating, but they do test in both alert and attack [when they do.] They also use attack for tornadoes, of which they have a couple warnings every year. Hopefully I might be able to get them in action this spring or fall when the annual test is.
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