The Chief’s Desk;
This week our crews responded to 44 emergency calls including; A single vehicle rollover crash on 144th Ave, KPN during a high speed pursuit with only minor injuries, A single vehicle rollover crash on SR302 near Danforth with one patient transported for evaluation of injuries, A single vehicle crash into a tree on 127th Ave KPN with the patient refusing transport, A vehicle vs pedestrian collision in the Lake Kathryn Village parking lot with the patient refusing care, And a residential fire alarm activation with alarms sounding on arrival and determined to be a system malfunction.
With the proposed address changes coming over the next few months I thought it would be a great time to give you a little “Addressing 101”. Sometimes we get dispatched to calls only to find we were sent to the wrong location. It is important to understand the differences between Streets and Avenues. First, Streets run East-West and Avenues run North-South. As an example, we frequently get dispatched to vehicle collisions on SR302 at “144th Street”. You know this area as the curve in the highway just west of the new Gateway Park and Wauna fire station. Our crews respond and arrive to find nothing in the area. We investigate further and find the crash scene is actually at SR302 and “144th Avenue” which is one of the entrance roads into the Lake of the Woods development. These two locations are about 2 miles apart so obviously this causes a delay in our response. When we listen to the 9-1-1 phone calls we hear people report the crash at 144th Street when in fact it is at 144th Avenue. This is also very important when you call for us to respond to your home. The difference between a response to a particular address on a given Street and the same address on the Avenue of the same name or number can add several minutes to our response time. Take a moment right now and confirm for yourself whether you live on a Street or an Avenue. Other designators like “Roads, Drives, Lanes, etc” are not associated with a standard East-West or North-South directional.
Halloween is this Tuesday and kids will be out in neighborhoods trick-or-treating so please drive carefully. Also, please provide your children with reflective material on their costumes to help drivers see them. We want everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween.
Until next week!
Guy R. Allen – Fire Chief
October 28, 2017 Chief's Desk Post
The Chief’s Desk;