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Major Problems for First Responders

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jun 12 2014 8:54 AM

HOUSTON COUNTY: It has been a year now since the state took over parts of Houston County Road 203. Before this took place a letter was sent out to everyone that lived on County 203 from Malvern Road to US 231, this stretch of road was given a new address. Now it is a year later and some residence have still not changed the address on their mailboxes. Here is where the problems for first responders come in.

When you call 911 for fire, rescue or police the new address comes up on the 911 computer and the call is dispatched. When first responders respond that is the address they are looking for. Since some still have the old address on the mailbox this makes it’s harder to find and takes longer to locate the right address.

When seconds counts and it takes longer for first responders to get to you this could why. If you live along this stretch of road you may need to check and verify your address and post it on the mailbox or a reflective sign out at the road so they can find you quicker.

Remember it's your responsibility to make sure the address is correct and properly marked so when you need help they can find you. The reflective marking is the best way to go because at night the light reflects of the numbers and makes it easier to locate. Remember it could be your life that is on the line.


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