Every minute matters in an emergency.
Whether it’s a fire, a medical issue or another type of crisis, the faster first responders can get to where they need to be the better chance of a favorable outcome. With this in mind, Terryville firefighters have decided to hold a fundraiser that not only allows the department to continue its community outreach, but also make residents who may be in need of emergency assistance that much safer.
The department last week launched the fundraiser with a saying attached to it: “If we can’t find you, we can’t help you.” As such, for a $25 donation, residents will receive a reflective red sign with 3-inch white numbers to catch the eye of first responders and a mounting bracket.
“We found a need in town with trying to locate houses,” said Ryan Rigon, secretary and treasurer of the Terryville Volunteer Fire Department.
“We don’t have the adequacy of street lighting in some rural areas,” he said, adding that long driveways can also present an issue.
There is no standard as to where street numbers are placed on a house or mailbox, so the reflective signs would make more of a uniform system that is clearly visible.
The problem of finding the right house mostly presents itself at night, Rigon said. When first responders are trying to use flashlights to search for a house number, it wastes precious minutes.
The general rule of thumb is that a fire grows 10% every minute. And as for medical issues, seven minutes is about all a person in need of CPR can survive without life-saving techniques.
Anyone interested in donating $25 for a reflective sign can do so by emailing email@example.com or calling firefighters at 860-283-5021. Payments by checks can be done by mail and sent to Plymouth Fire Company, P.O. Box 114, Plymouht, CT, 06782.
Donations of more than $25 are also welcome. The funds raised will allow Terryville firefighters to continue their community outreach efforts, which includes an annual scholarship for a Terryville High School student interested in emergency services.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.