Wednesday, 1 March 2017
It has come to the attention of Bendigo Stadium management that there have been some concerns regarding our alarm system, particularly relating to a Volleyball Bell and Alert System test which took place on the 28th of February 2017.
Firstly, allow us to state unequivocally our commitment to public safety. We understand how vital strong safety procedures are in a venue of our size, particularly as we are host to many young athletes. Bendigo Stadium takes a “safety-first” approach to everything we do, and take the utmost care to ensure our staff and facilities are well equipped in case of emergency.
The sounds that were heard on the afternoon of February 28th was a brief audio test of our Volleyball Bell system, which produced an alert tone, and a chime, not an evacuation tone. These tests are carried our regularly throughout the year to ensure our systems work safely and effectively. The Alert tone does not indicate evacuation, instead it indicates that all occupants should be alert for further instructions. These tones are used nationally in education and commercial premises.
We apologise for the confusion this may have caused. It is vital for us to carry our regular tests on our equipment. In the future, we will endeavour to carry out these tests at different times where possible.
In the instance of a fire alarm – regardless of whether it is a false alarm or true alarm – we adhere to a strict evacuation protocol of everyone in our facility to ensure the safety of the public. During these instances, key staff and personnel are identifiable by their use of hi-vis gear, and are seen guiding visitors to their nearest safe exit, towards the evacuation zone on the gravel car park exterior to the main building.
We always take on board the feedback and concerns of our coaches, parents, and the general public especially in regards to public safety. In the future, we will endeavour where possible to communicate to key personnel including coaches and staff when tests are to take place.