This discussion is to talk about the outdoor warning sirens of Franklin County, Ohio. Columbus, Ohio has possibly the largest amount of Whelen outdoor warning sirens in the country. With over 196 known sirens county-wide, those sirens are mostly known as WPS-4004's and WPS-3016's, varying in ages and tones. Dublin also has omni-directional Whelen sirens (2700 and 2800 series). The whole county tests their sirens every Wednesday at 12:00 pm, doing a 22 second alert cycle, waiting 40 seconds, and another 22 second alert cycle. These sirens are voice compatible, however testing voice only happened on the first Wednesday of every month, saying the message, "Testing, Franklin County Sirens Testing" (DTMF included), and was discontinued around December of 2018. For tornado warnings, the system sounds a 3 minute alert, resting 7 minutes, then sounding another 3 minutes of alert until the warning is over. Tornado warnings had also used voice, saying the message, "Tornado Warning Franklin County Seek Shelter" (DTMF included), and was also discontinued around 2012. Franklin County also has 2 Thunderbolt 1000T's still standing (inactive) as well as a Model 5 on top of a fire station (inactive). They also used to have an STL-10 that was removed in early 2019 due to the building it was on being refurbished.
- Feel free to talk about siren updates/controller updates, or something you notice about the system.
*Almost none of Franklin County's WPS-3016's have the analog ESC-864, if you find one let me know, one of the WPS-3016's has a digital ESC-864, making it the only WPS-3016 in the state of Ohio to have a digital ESC-864
*Franklin County is also known for having the only dual toned WPS-4004 in the state of Ohio, located in Westerville off of Merlin Drive behind Kroger
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