OP-ED: Wilton Fire Chief “Addresses” an Important Issue
“Critical Minutes Lost During Cardiac Event”
Can you imagine GOOD Morning Wilton posting a headline like this? Now imagine, “Fire Department Unable to Find House On Fire.”
As we’ve driven around town on emergency calls and routine business (inspections, pre-emergency planning, training drills, etc.) we’ve noticed that some homes are unmarked and very hard to find. If your friends, family, service vendors and others have said, “We had a real hard time finding your house,” it’s time to act. Imagine us trying to find you at 3 a.m. during a snow storm!
We, along with your Police Department and Emergency Medical Services need to be able to see your address. If you live on a long shared driveway and the numbers are posted at the road (entryway), make sure you also mark your house, a tree at your driveway, your mailbox or even a set of numbers on a wood or metal post out front will do. Purchase “reflective” numbers and letters, a minimum of 3”-4” high, as they are easier for us to see at night.
As a reminder, your premises must be legibly marked per town ordinance, Chapter 9A. You can find this document on the Town’s website. We are very concerned and ask that you take a moment to see if your address is visible from the road or driveway.
Be well, stay well, be safe and make sure we can find you!
Ronald E. Kanterman, Chief
Wilton Fire Department