Street number delay for ambo
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.
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.