Testing of New Fire Alarm System

Dear Edna Brewer Neighbors and Friends,

In the interest of keeping our students as safe as possible, we have had crews installing a new fire alarm system on our campus. The task is nearly complete, but there is one more major step that needs to be taken. We must test all the individual alarms to make sure they are functioning properly.

The testing of the alarms will happen outside school hours, and it will take several hours to complete. We have been working to find the best possible time to do the testing so as not to be too intrusive to you, our neighbors. The time we have found that best works for the school community, and the crew conducting the testing is evenings between 6:30- 8:30 pm beginning February 22nd.

Testing will continue intermittently over a period of two to three weeks.

This is significant for you because there is a good chance you will hear the alarms going off during that time. Most residents in the immediately adjacent blocks will be able to hear the sound. Please do not be concerned if you hear the alarms. And please do not call 911.

This will be a regularly scheduled testing protocol, so there is no reason to be alarmed (pun intended). We have been in contact with the Oakland Fire Department and their leadership and dispatchers are aware that we will be doing this testing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me or our District leadership. You can reach out to Communications Director, John Sasaki at 510-214-2080 or by email at john.sasaki@ousd.org or you can contact me.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this testing causes you. Thank you for supporting our school community.


Aubrey Layne
Principal, Edna Brewer Middle School