Fire Departments 'Reflect' On Ways To Speed Up Response Times
Posted July 25, 2002 4:10 a.m. EDT
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — During an emergency, every second could mean the difference between life and death. Rescue crews often race to a scene to get to victims, but there is something slowing down response time in Fuquay-Varina.
Firefighters are concerned about getting to the residents who could still be trapped inside a burning building, but in Fuquay Varina, rescue crews are concerned with something totally different.
"You get a call. You have an emergency. You don't want to waste time looking for an address," firefighter Danny Murdock said.
Many homes have faded numbers or no numbers at all. On some homes in the area, it is hard to tell what the house number is.
Residents are encouraged to buy reflective markers for their homes. George Bullock said he bought three markers. He said two markers are going to friends and family members and he's keeping the other one.
"Their theme is 'If we can't find you, we can't help you,' so that's what sold me on it. I want them to find me," he said.
Apex is the only other town in Wake County with reflective markers. If you live in Fuquay-Varina, you can order a reflective marker from the
Fuquay-Varina Fire Department
. Each costs $15 and the money raised will pay for the manufacturing of the sign and helps the volunteer Fire Department.