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Pa. rescue officials offer reflective house signs

July 21, 2000|By MARC G. AUBER

Pa. rescue officials offer reflective house signs



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 officials in Greencastle announced Friday that new reflective address signs are available to Greencastle and Antrim Township residents to make it easier for emergency crews to find homes.

The signs are not mandatory, but a campaign to encourage their use is under way.

For now, fire department Lt. James Freeman stencils the metal signs, which are coated with a reflective tape. If the demand is great enough, he said other department members will help.

Freeman said the signs come in green and white.

The green signs are 15 inches long and 5 inches wide and will have the address printed on both sides in 4-inch-high letters so rescue crews coming from two directions of a home can see it. Freeman recommends that residents with mail boxes that stand away from their homes have the green signs attached to the mail box with a metal mounting bracket.

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The white signs are 10 inches long and 5 inches wide, with 3-inch letters which are marked on just one side. Officials said those can be mounted with screws on the front of homes.

The green signs will cost $15 each and the white signs are $10. Freeman said the department will make about $1 per sign, which will be deposited into a general relief fund for expenses such as equipment maintenance and rescue supplies.

Freeman said the department spent $4,700 for a shipment of materials from Ohio-based Interstate Sign Products Inc.

"Everybody decided that it was a good idea for the area," Freeman said. "It helps a lot. ... When a headlight hits one of these, it really does reflect."

Officials said police, fire and rescue squad response times will likely improve because the signs are easier to spot than standard house numbers.

Deputy Fire Chief Robbie Mellott said units within some of the area's mobile home parks are some of the toughest to find.

"Time is in essence at two o'clock in the morning when you've got a possible cardiac arrest and you can't find a house number," he said.

The Greencastle department serves about 15,000 residents in the borough and Antrim Township, officials said.

Call 1-717-597-8489 for more information.

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