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2015-01-07 / Local News

House marker program returns to help first responders


The Clarence Lions Club is bringing back its popular House Number Safety program.

The initiative, which has been run multiple times in the past, is designed to make it easier for first responders to locate your home in the event of an emergency.

Clarence’s rural, farmland topography with only a few major thoroughfares well-lit often makes it difficult to see house number identification.

For $25, homeowners can order a set of two large, reflective green and white vertical house number markers. Lions Club members will come to your home and affix the markers to each side of your roadside mailbox as soon as they are available.

Emergency response personnel have lauded the program for making it easier for them to find locations where distress calls originate from. Twenty-year veteran Twin City Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician Bryan Brauner said that he sees poorly marked houses in his pursuit of assisting people quickly all the time.

“I have responded to emergency calls in Clarence and elsewhere in the past where the houses aren’t easily identifiable and they are not just located in any one community — they’re everywhere,” Brauner said.

When asked if Brauner thought that emergency responders had difficulty finding residences often, he didn’t hesitate to say yes.

“I think that’s occurred with surprising frequency,” Brauner added. “You know you’re in the right area but unable to identify exactly which house you’re responding to.

“Anything you can do to add visibility to the house for first responders is wonderful.”

To date, more than 250 Clarence homeowners have taken advantage of the program.

Lions Club President Tim Pazda said that neighbors sharing mailboxes should contact the Lions Club first, and they will reach out to the neighbor to try and get them involved so as not to confuse first responders.

Applications for the numbers are available by email through Pazda at tbpazda@gmail.com. Residents can also find them at the Clarence Library, both Clarence Bank of Akron locations and the town post office on Main Street.

Applications are due by April 15, with installation to take place during the summer. For more information, contact Pazda at 984-3245 or by email at pazda@roadrun ner.com.

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