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Signs may save lives in Brooke County

Updated: Friday, April 25 2014, 06:52 PM EDT

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BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- Signs to help emergency responders are posted all over Brooke County.
In 2010, the Sheriff’s Department started to put up new street name signs and signs with numbers on in to make things easier when an emergency happens.
Some residents think it’s an idea that can possibly save lives.
“It should save lives along with should make response time dramatically decreases,” resident John Williams
Streets refreshed with more than 700 new signs and houses with numbers posted outside will help emergency responders get where they need faster.
“It’s going to help us, the citizen, get the services we need quicker by having our addresses properly marked,” Williams said.
County EMA Director Bob Fowler said the impact is immediate, and it will help save lives.
“Driving down the road, it’s very easy to find the sign,” Fowler said. “And of course, if someone isn’t breathing or is in cardiac arrest, those couple minutes may make a difference as to how quick we can find you.”
One thing you may notice, instead of numbers that correspond to home addresses, these numbers are based on square footage from the road.
“The mapping set up by square footage of miles theoretically is 2,358, we should be able to in a small amount of footage should be able to find you,” Fowler said.
Twenty-five dollars is all that it costs to have the Sheriff’s Department install the sign. If you have a mailbox that is near your driveway, you can put the numbers on there
Former Brooke County Sheriff Rich Ferguson said these signs have an 80 percent success rate, and there are more than 9,000 signs properly identified.

Signs may save lives in Brooke County


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