Reporter 413, 26 January 1998

Alarming success

An award-winning alarm pioneered by University researchers has found another life-saving purpose – it is to be developed as a personal alarm for fire-fighters. Dr Deborah Withington’s Sound Alert team won the Prince of Wales Award for innovation last year for its two-tone Localiser siren, and it has now secured a Government grant worth up to £45,000 to develop this new application. All fire-fighters carry personal alarms used to alert colleagues if they get into difficulty. The existing alarms, which were developed 20 years ago, are very difficult to locate and the Fire Service and the Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers Association approached Sound Alert to address the problem. The alarm also has potential for use by hill walkers or sailors.

The Sound Alert siren will feature in an episode of the television drama London’s Burning on 8 February.

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