Rural residents are being urged to ensure their homes have a house number prominently displayed to help emergency services’ response times.
The call comes from Mid Ulster District Council and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) after the a recent fire safety check scheme revealed many houses, particularly in rural areas, have no identifying property numbers, with the potential to adversely affect the ability of fire, police and ambulance services to respond effectively.
Councillor Kenneth Reid, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, said:
“Almost 70% of the population of Mid Ulster live in rural areas and that in itself can mean we have slower response times than those living in urban areas.
“We make it harder for our emergency services to get to us by not displaying house numbers and so we are now encouraging local people to make sure their properties are numbered prominently.
“If everyone put their numbers up, we would help to ensure that valuable time is not lost at the exact moment when we need our emergency services the most”.
Photo: Highlighting the importance of properties being numbered for the emergency services are: (L-R) Willie Wilkinson, Head of Building Control, Mid Ulster District Council; Inspector Andrew Archibald, PSNI; Councillor Kenneth Reid, Environment Committee Chair, Mid Ulster District Council; Glyn Mercer, NI Ambulance Service; Paul McCloskey, NI Fire & Rescue Service