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Reflective address signs help firefighters, North Saanich department says

North Saanich, Sooke, Metchosin fire departments offer sign service
A North Saanich firefighter poses alongside a reflective address sign, which helps emergency crews save time when searching for an address in the dark. (Courtesy of North Saanich Fire Department)

A program to help firefighters find hard-to-spot addresses is gaining interest in North Saanich after the local department posted about it online.

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On Nov. 19 the North Saanich Fire Department shared a Facebook post reminding residents that firefighters are available to install address markers in the region.

The blue and white reflective markers, drilled onto the face of a post, are a more prominent way of displaying a house’s address and can save emergency personnel precious time in an emergency.

In North Saanich, a marker with installation costs $65 and can be purchased at the fire hall at 986 Wain Rd. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The Sooke Fire Department also sells reflective address signs, but doesn’t send firefighters to install them. They range from $20 to $30 and can be ordered by calling 250-642-5422.

In nearby Metchosin, residents can buy a sign – with installation – for $25 by calling the local department at 250-478-1307.

Less densely populated areas of Greater Victoria, where houses are spread apart and placed farther from main roads, pose a challenge for firefighters. With night falling earlier and weather obscuring vision for drivers, emergency responders are “eager to help you help them,” the North Saanich Fire Department says.

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