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Householders encouraged to support emergency services by numbering homes

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Householders encouraged to support emergency services by numbering homes thumbnailMayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC), Maolíosa McHugh, launches the home numbering campaign at his home in Castlederg.

A NEW campaign has been launched to encourage householders across the district to visibly number their homes in a bid to help and support emergency services.

The campaign is being run by Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) in conjunction with the Northern Ireland emergency services. It aims to assist services in being able to locate and reach properties as quickly as possible.

Tommy Barr, who is Assistant Group Commander, Community Protection, at Northern Ireland and Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), says every minute is precious in an emergency and that unnumbered properties can often hamper rescue efforts.

"Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service welcomes this initiative, he said.

"In the event of a fire or other emergency vital time is wasted if properties are not clearly numbered and we would encourage all householders to ensure that their homes can be easily located."

Council allocates all postal numbers and street names within the city and district and homeowners have a responsibility to ensure that properties are marked with their allocated house or building number.

Last year, 1,080 new postal addresses were allocated by the authority - an increase from when just 811 were assigned.

Launching the campaign at his own home in Castlederg was the Mayor, Maolíosa McHugh. He has urged householders to review the numbering of their home.

"I am pleased to be able to launch this important campaign which could make a lifesaving difference if the emergency services are trying to locate your home," he said yesterday (Tuesday).

 

"I would encourage all householders to review the numbering of their home to make sure it is clearly visible and readable from the roadside and, where necessary, to number the gate of your home as well as the front door.

"When the police, fire or ambulance service are called to a property for an emergency, every second can be critical so it is imperative that they can find your home, and your neighbours' homes, quickly and conveniently."

Laura Coulter, area manager for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) has also welcomed the initiative.

"When ambulance crews are called to life threatening incidents, every second counts," she said. "Sat Nav advances will bring us to particular roads in a quicker time but, particularly in rural areas, our crews can sometimes be delayed as they try to identify house numbers.

"We would ask that everyone supports this campaign and prominently display their house number to assist all the emergency services who may have to call to your house.

"There are other things you can do to assist us, such as waiting for us on the road, having house lights on but the singular most important thing is to number your home."

For more information on home number and street naming contact Derry City and Strabane District Council Health and Community Development department on 028 71253253.

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