“Citing well being causes, Andaya submitted his resignation efficient instantly.”
Andaya’s choice to not activate the sirens is one among a lot of perceived missteps by native officers earlier than, throughout and after the blaze which have angered survivors, who say extra lives might have been saved.
“The sirens are used primarily for tsunamis. The general public is educated to hunt increased floor within the occasion that the siren is sounded,” Andaya had informed a information convention on Wednesday.
“Had we sounded the siren that night time, we’re afraid that individuals would have gone (into the hills) … into the fireplace.”
He additionally questioned whether or not anybody would have seen if the sirens had blared their 121-decibel warning – a degree the American Academy of Audiology says is equal to a jet aircraft taking off.
“Lots of people who’re indoors, air con on regardless of the case could also be, they are not going to listen to the siren,” he stated.
“Plus the winds had been very gusty (that day) … it was very loud, so they would not have heard the sirens.”
Requested if he regretted the choice to not activate the system, he replied: “I don’t.”