Fire depart­ment re­minds res­i­dents to clearly post civic ad­dresses

Un­marked homes can de­lay emer­gency re­sponse: fire chief

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FARRELL

Mem­bers of the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment are urg­ing res­i­dents to make sure they post their civic ad­dresses on homes and busi­nesses.

“We just want to em­pha­sis the im­por­tance of dis­play­ing the civic (proper) ad­dress num­ber,” ex­plained Fire Chief Alex Coady.

He added if res­i­dents are un­sure of their civic num­ber, they should con­tact the town of­fice.

Coady said valu­able time can be lost if civic num­bers are not clearly posted where emer­gency re­spon­ders can see them.

“It is very im­por­tant not only for fire ser­vice, but for any first re­spon­ders,” he said.

Coady said in the case of fires, lo­ca­tions are of­ten ob­vi­ous when fire fight­ers an­swer a call, “but for am­bu­lance or po­lice – if it’s a med­i­cal is­sue then the ad­dress may not be visible, so it is very im­por­tant to dis­play your num­ber.”

He added the num­ber should be visible from the road. If a home is lo­cated at the end of a set-back drive way, res­i­dents should dis­play the num­ber at the en­trance of the drive way clos­est to the road.

“There’s been is­sues and in­stances over the last lit­tle while with not be­ing able to find num­bers or house, and it de­lays re­sponse,” said Coady.

“A lot of times these re­sponses are life-and-death sit­u­a­tions.”

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