Street num­ber de­lay for ambo

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is be­ing urged to main­tain the re­gion’s street num­bers to help save lives in the case of emer­gen­cies.

Al­though time is a cru­cial fac­tor when re­spond­ing to med­i­cal and other emer­gen­cies, Gayn­dah Am­bu­lance Ser­vice of­fi­cer-in-charge Keith Wrench said emer­gency ser­vices in some cases had to count houses to find the right ad­dress.

“We do have dif­fi­culty find­ing houses in an emer­gency. When I do find a num­ber, I start count­ing in twos,” Mr Wrench said.

As a re­sult of this prob­lem, Gayn­dah res­i­dent Bill Mel­lor has called on North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil to up­date re­flec­tive street num­bers on the re­gion’s gut­ters.

“To fa­cil­i­tate prompt ac­tion (when re­quired) by emer­gency ser­vices – am­bu­lance, fire bri­gade, po­lice – may I re­spect­fully re­quest that miss­ing, dam­aged or van­dalised street num­bers be up­graded or re­placed in the best in­ter­ests of the pub­lic,” Mr Mel­lor re­quested in a let­ter.

But Mr Wrench said re­flec­tive street num­ber­ing on gut­ters was not al­ways help­ful.

The num­bers were prone to dam­age and were also too small for some people to read at night, Mr Wrench ex­plained.

An­other com­mon prob­lem was that the street num­bers on gut­ters could not be seen if a car was parked in front of the property.

Keith Wrench

We do have dif­fi­culty find­ing houses in an emer­gency.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt de­clined to com­ment on Mr Mel­lor’s call for ac­tion, but Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Gayn­dah act­ing in­spec­tor Greg Wal­ters said emer­gency ser­vices needed to see street num­bers.

How­ever, Mr Wal­ters said while the re­flec­tive street num­bers were highly rec­om­mended, they were not im­per­a­tive.

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