First responders look to make homes more visible

Published 10:16 am Saturday, May 29, 2010

COURTLAND—The Courtland Volunteer Rescue Squad is selling reflective address markers to help increase visibility of homes while raising money for the department.

“We want to be able to find people,” said Ricky Hatfield, a member of the rescue squad. “If we can’t find you, we can’t help you.”

When emergency workers respond to a call, every second counts, and it can be very difficult to see addresses. At night, it can be more difficult if there is no light and house numbers aren’t reflective.

The address markers will help decrease response time since less time will be spent searching for the right house, Hatfield said.

If an entire neighborhood has these address markers, it will be much easier to locate the home that needs help, he added.

The double-sided, reflective, fade-resistant address markers are $15. For an additional $5, the department will set up a marker for any Southampton County resident.

The rescue squad hopes to raise public safety and awareness. This is not just an issue for the rescue squads; this is a problem for police officers as well, Hatfield said.

For more information call 653-9221. Hatfield noted the department is always looking for volunteers.