About the Project

History:

Farm accidents can occur in the most remote locations, making it difficult for first responders to easily locate the situation. We have found that there is a flaw in the system – not all rural property entrances have signage. In the summer of 2014, a young girl’s life was lost when first responders could not find the scene of the accident. We would like to work to decrease the chances of this happening ever again.

Objectives:

  • Create a unified system for acquiring 911 signs across all four counties
  • Persuade municipalities to offer the signs as a service to the community
  • Encourage rural landowners to use the service
  • Establish a partnership with local agribusinesses who will support the program
  • Develop resources to teach property owners how to contact emergency services efficiently
  • Promote the program through digital, print, and social media

Mission Statement:

To bring ideas, resources and community partners together to improve emergency services in our rural communities.

4 Replies to “About the Project

    1. Hi Sue, our focus for now has been on the counties of Northumberland, Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington. We encourage you to contact your municipality and share this project with them if you think it applies to your community as well!

  1. Congratulations with your project.
    We are in Huron county, and here the county will pay for the signs as long as the municipality puts them in.
    On May 25 – 2014 my then 17 year old son was run over by a tractor, I was 20 kilometre away at the time of the accident.
    He was alone in the field and severely injured, but eventually made a full recovery.
    Because the way the tractor drove over him, the phone in his right pocket wasn’t damaged.
    He was able to re-call the last number (me) but wasn’t able to say anything much.
    When I received his call, I knew instantly that something seriously wrong had happened.
    I directly asked him in very serious tone or he needed an ambulance, and he mumbled as he was gasping for air “yes”
    The problem was that I had no idea what the 911 road sign number was for that farm, we farm 13 different property’s, nor could i, in my panic, remember the road name.
    I called 911 but they had no idea where this accident was, no matter how i tried, without the proper road name and 911 number they have no idea.
    Between myself getting there, and seeing the fire rescue team going the wrong direction we lost a very crucial 20 minutes.
    I am forever thankful for all the rescue teams involved.
    From now on in every tractor, truck, lawnmower, four wheeler, home phone, and screensaver’s on cell phones we own, have a complete list of all property’s we work (laminated where possible)
    That list has the farm name, road name, and 911 road sign number on it.

    Because having it at the road is not enough.

    I also requested at municipal and county counsel meetings that every property gets a sign, we did have one at this place, because there where buildings at this property, but we had other property’s without buildings, and there where still 800 property’s, that did not have one, because there are no buildings, counsel was very sensitive for my arguments, seeing it as a liability problem for them not to have 911 signs up on every property.

    If I can be of anymore help, then please let me know.

    1. Thank you, Luke, for sharing your story. It reinforces why this is so important. Thank you for setting an example and having all of that information listed in all of your equipment. And we are so glad to hear your son has made a full recovery!

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