Published: Friday, 24 June 2016 17:03
Written by Gale Notestone
When it comes to emergency service, the word service is the key descriptive. To provide service to a community and/or to an individual within a community, emergency personnel must be able to locate any incident. Whether it is police, fire or medics, each face the challenge in locating an address when in emergency mode, aka "in a hurry." This is especially difficult in rural areas. And when you add the biggest hurdle, darkness, the difficulty multiplies.
Well defined and easy to see address numbers will assist personnel locating an incident occurring while driving 'Code 3' (which is faster than the speed limit). If a responder passes an address, it may cause great delay in the 'service' emergency personnel are trained to provide. Wasted time is never a good thing in an emergency.
There is a home identification aid to emergency services that is both affordable and effective-a reflective address marker. These markers have been in use on the mainland for over a decade. In Hawaii, a reflective address marker project started 6 years ago. Find Us 911 is that project, a group that promotes, produces and sells these address markers in Hawaii.
Find Us 911 is the only project that is endorsed by five of our county agencies - Police. Fire, Paramedics, Civil Defense, and Public Works. There are other options on the market when it comes to "lighting up" your address number at night, but, whether it be lighting or reflective numbers, the motto across the country is simple: "If we can't find you, we can't help you".
There are laws on the mainland that require illumination of address numbers at night for all new home construction. This is a public safety issue.
Find Us 911 is more a service for Maui County than a business. The goal is to assist emergency responders in locating an address and to educate the public. Find Us 911 also assists residents in obtaining an address number if their home or property does not have one.