If you live in Crowthorne or the surrounding area, you’ll be familiar with the sound of the Broadmoor siren, which is tested every Monday morning at 10 am.
The wailing escape siren is sounded for two minutes, followed shortly later by the all clear continuous siren for two minutes.
There are 13 satellite sirens covering local areas including Sandhurst, Wokingham, Bracknell, Camberley and Bagshot.
The siren was introduced in 1952 following an escape from the hospital and recommendations from an independent inquiry. The siren was last activated to warn of an escape from the hospital in 1993. Since that time there has been significant investment in improving security at the hospital including the installation of a second perimeter fence and additional alarm and control systems.
In the unlikely event of an escape from the hospital, the siren would be sounded continuously for some 20 minutes or so. The all clear continuous siren will be sounded for a similar period once the incident was resolved.
In addition to the sirens, the hospital has arrangements in place with the local authorities for the immediate notification and cascade of information to all local schools. These arrangements are tested at the beginning of each term. The hospital also has emergency plans in place with Thames Valley Police.
In the event of an incident at the hospital, we would also post updates on the website to keep the public informed. Arrangements are also in place to keep the media informed.