from 9-1-1 Coordinator
9-1-1 is the
three digit telephone number designated as the "Universal Emergency
Number" for public use throughout the United States to request emergency
assistance. The concept of a nationwide telephone number was first
used in Great Brittan almost 50 years ago when code 9-9-9 was established
nationwide. In the United States the 9-1-1 concept was introduced
in the late 1960's.
The Town of Warren
in cooperation with the local emergency response personnel; which
include Warren Volunteer Fire Department, Waitsfield, and Moretown
Volunteer Fire Departments, Mad River Valley Ambulance Service,
and Vermont State Police assigns Enhanced 9-1-1 numbers to all residences
and businesses in the Towns. This numbering called "locatable addressing"
derives from the 1997 passage of Statute 30 VSA that required a
statewide Enhanced 9-1-1 emergency calling system. Enhanced 9-1-1
is a system that selectively routes calls to a Public Safety Answering
Point (PSAP) for a specified telephone service area. With the E-9-1-1
system, call takers are automatically provided with the caller's
phone number, locatable address, information pertaining to the fire,
emergency medical assistance providers, and police for that caller's
location. The key to a successful E-9-1-1 system is for emergency
callers to have a unique locatable address. Locating a residence
or business in our rural setting is more difficult that in suburban
area's but no less important.
From March 2003
to January 16, 2004 Warren assigned 50 new locatable activated addresses
and 2 temporary numbers. Additionally, 6 new roads were created
and named. During the process of maintaining the E-9-1-1 system
in Warren it has become apparent that emergency assistance could
become hampered do to the lack of posting assigned numbers and the
removal of road signs.
To make if
possible for E-9-1-1 emergency serviced providers to promptly locate
the scene of an emergency the address must be visible .
Posting your number helps emergency providers help you get the fast
accurate service you deserve. Put your house number on the front
of the structure at the main entrance. If the structure is set back
from the main road, use your mail box or a solid post in the ground
at the end of the driveway. If the drive serves more than one house,
each structure must have its number displayed. Use reflective numbers
that are at least 4 inches high and placed in a location that can
be seen when approaching. If you see that your road sign has been
stolen or destroyed please notify me immediately.
Should you need your number, please call 496-2709 ext 24 during
regular business hours and then PLEASE
POST IT .
Miron C. Malboeuf
BOARD :HAND BOOK OF ADDRESSING STANDARDS
BOARD : Section 9. Displaying Address Numbers
9-1-1 Board Laws
Reporter Article November 11, 2011
Street Naming and Street Addressing Ordinance)