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Ventura County has joined a number of other California jurisdictions in equipping law enforcement vehicles with so-called hi-lo sirens intended to alert residents to evacuate neighborhoods in event of fires, floods and other disasters.

The European-style alternating two-tone sirens are much different than sirens normally heard in California.

“With wildfires increasing in frequency and severity, this distinct siren will serve as a powerful tool in efficiently notifying the public of an encroaching fire and the need to evacuate,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. “If residents hear the Hi-Lo siren in their community, it is a signal that they are in imminent danger and should evacuate immediately. “

A recently enacted state law authorizes use of such sirens to help in emergency evacuations.

A number of other sheriff’s agencies in counties including Lake and Napa as well as police departments in cities such as Santa Rosa have also added the sirens to their vehicles.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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