Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department Sells Reflective House Number Plates
It’s 1:30 a.m. and the fire
department gets a report from a woman needing an ambulance. She gives her
address to the dispatcher and anxiously awaits the arrival of the ambulance.
The fire department arrives quickly
to the neighborhood but has trouble finding the residence because there is no
visible house number. The streets in Great Falls are dark, and the ambulance
drives up and down the block for a few minutes shining lights on houses and
mailboxes to determine the house number where the ambulance is needed. This is
just one example of the many cases that can be recounted by members of the Great
Falls Volunteer Fire Department and Fairfax County Police Department,
illustrating the necessity for large reflective numbers on homes and businesses.
“We don’t want to risk the safety of
an individual, police officer, or firefighter in such a case as above by having
them walk around at night shining a flashlight at each home trying to find the
right address,” said former Chief Homer Johns. “We encourage people to use
numbers that are reflective and at least 3” high for visibility at night. Many
people only have small numbers on their mailboxes or houses for mail and paper
routes which aren’t big enough for us to read at night,” the Chief continued.
Fire Chief Frank Smith agrees. “We
would like people to have the larger two-sided reflective signs to make it
easier for emergency personnel to find the right home. We want to get the word
out to people how important readable numbers are for safety reasons. A $15 sign
or set of numbers isn’t much to spend for what could mean the difference between
life and death,” Chief Smith says.
Both leaders agree with the adage
“If we can’t find you, we can’t help you.”
All proceeds will benefit the Great
Falls Volunteer Fire Department.
To order a reflective sign please click the
image below and print the order form.