Allen's new emergency warning system is an antique
Allen Volunteer Fire Departmentâ€™s "new" warning system will harken back to days gone by. Personnel will begin testing the warning siren Monday, but the siren isnâ€™t really new at all. Fire Chief Roy Compton said the siren was originally purchased when the fire department was formed 50 years ago. Local residents chipped in to buy a World War II-era air raid siren to do the job. For the past 20 years, the siren has been gathering dust in storage. Now, however, Compton said the fire department plans to put it back in use. Fire Chief Roy Compton said its primary purpose will be as a warning system in the event of an emergency, such as a tornado warning. Compton said anyone with questions or concerns about the siren can call him at (606) 791-1790.