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Warning system test for Grangemouth petrochemical plant

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Image caption The Grangemouth petrochemical plant warning system is tested twice a year

The Grangemouth community warning system, which alerts the public in the event of a major chemical incident, will be tested on 7 December.

The system will broadcast warning tones and verbal instructions to the public at 14:30.

The test involves all twelve alarms in and around Grangemouth petrochemical complex being activated.

The biannual warning test is operated by the plant's major incident control committee (MICC).

Its chairman Derek Brown said: "The testing of the community warning system is an important part of how we would alert the public in the unlikely event of a major toxic gas leak in the petro-chemical complex.

"Throughout the year, MICC member companies work with the emergency services and Falkirk Council to train and exercise for a whole range of different scenarios and this approach ensures we are best placed to deal with many different situations that could arise."

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