Letters: Reflective markers are life savers

Fire chief writes about why visible markers are crucial

Re: Highway 14 (West Coast Road) Km signage

Many thanks to the Provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the newly installed highway mileage markers on West Coast Road between Sooke and Port Renfrew. These reflective markers installed every five kilometres will allow residents and motorists to more accurately describe to 9.1.1. the location of any emergency incidents along this busy rural highway.

Time is always of the essence for any fire or medical first response to an emergency incident; and the newly installed markers substantially increase the ability of witnesses to more accurately guide the fire department to the location of the emergency.

Hopefully you will never witness a serious motor vehicle accident or urgent medical emergency; but if you are driving along West Coast Road, just be aware of the reflective numbered markers so that you know where you are along the highway in the event you need to call 9.1.1. and need to tell them the location of an emergency.

Knowing where you are will not only help the fire department respond as quickly as possible – you could also save a life.

Marty Gilbertson

Fire Chief Shirley Volunteer Fire Department