By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County firefighters and police officers sometimes have difficulty getting to the scene of emergencies because many of the county's roads do not have names or house numbers, an emergency official said Thursday.
Jefferson County Emergency Services Director Darrell Penwell told the Jefferson County Commissioners that he would like to change the addresses from rural route numbers to street names and numbers.
Penwell said the 911 center is in the process of setting up computers to do addresses.
"Everybody in Jefferson County will have a physical address and street name," he said.
Firefighters and police officers can check address books to find out where a postal route is, but that will usually only give them a general area, Penwell said.