Fire departments offer address markers SNOHOMISH COUNTY - For those who live within Monroe Fire District 3, an eye-catching address marker designed to make it easier for emergency units to find a home where 911 was called from is now available at no cost.
The signs are fluorescent blue with reflective numbering bearing the address, Fire Chief Jamie Silva said.
“They really stand out,” Silva said.
The project to clearly mark houses was originally funded by a federal fire prevention grant Fire Marshal Mike Fitzgerald applied for in 2009. The grant money bought the first batch of 200 address markers, which were quickly dispersed to Monroe residents, starting at an October open house.
“It helps us find those addresses easier,” Silva said. “Obviously, time is important, and (searching for an address) can add minutes (to response time), that’s for sure.”
The program was so popular, Silva said, that the Fire Department appealed to fire commissioners for more signs. An additional 200 were purchased and are going quickly.
Right now the signs are free for Fire District 3 residents, Silva said. Once this batch runs out, Silva said he hopes to continue the program but at a cost.
“We appreciate that we’re able to give back to the community that supports us,” Silva said, referring to the recently passed maintenance and operations levy increase.
To get a sign for your house, stop by the fire station at 163 Village Court to fill out the paperwork. There are four or five signs to choose from.
A similar program has been in place in the city of Snohomish, interim Snohomish Fire Chief Ron Simmons said.
“One of the paramedics came up with the program a few years ago,” Simmons said. “We’ve gotten a huge response.”
Snohomish Fire District 4 provides metallic signs to fire district residents at a cost. There are two styles to choose from. Obtaining a sign is similar to Monroe’s method: go to the fire station and fill out the paperwork.
Although residents are supposed to install the signs themselves, Simmons said firefighters have been known to help out the occasional senior citizen with installation.