CAPRON (WIFR) – In an emergency, every second counts but one area rescue squad says there’s something many are doing that’s causing them to waste precious seconds and minutes.
Imagine calling 911 for help during an emergency then watching first responders drive by your home. That’s happening in Boone County and rescue workers say it’s because homeowners aren’t making their address visible.
The Capron Rescue Squad says it’s wasting precious time searching for homes and now is asking local villages to help enforce numbering ordinances. All villages the Capron Rescue Squad serves have those ordinances, which says the numbers have to be clearly displayed near the road. First responders say even with GPS technology, they still rely on house numbers.
"The new technology for the next gen stuff, you know the gps is only accurate within 50 feet so if they get out and pull all their equipment out and go to the wrong home then, they're at the wrong home and they've got to move it all. It costs minutes,” said Owen Costanza, the Rescue Board of Trustees President.
Costanza also encourages people to turn a lot on outside if they’re waiting on the rescue squad. It’s just one more way to make it easier to find the right house.
The rescue squad handles about 3-5 calls a day. First responders say they only have problems finding homes about 5% of the time.