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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke council approves new funding for chamber of commerce

A $16,000 service agreement to be created

Sooke council delays vote on Whiffin Spit memorial wall

Sooke district council has again delayed a decision to erect a memorial… Continue reading

Langford Fire calm mother and daughter after being trapped in elevator

Three-year-old girl given stuffed animal to calm nerves

‘Seven baths in two days’: Homeless adjusting to life in hotels

Victoria passes motion to allow camping 24-7 in parks until June 25

Capital Regional District prepares to reopen regional campgrounds

Camping will look different at Island View, Sooke Potholes, Jordan River sites

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto vying to be NHL hubs, but there’s a catch

The NHL unveiled a return-to-play plan that would feature 24 teams

As SD84 schools look to reopen, Kyuquot and Zeballos opt out

Schools in Tahsis and Gold River will open on June 1, with 30 per cent students expected to come in

B.C. sees 9 new COVID-19 cases, one death as officials watch for new cases amid Phase Two

Number of confirmed active cases is at 244, with 37 people in hospital

POLL: Do you agree with the provincial government’s decision to increase the minimum wage?

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a few more dollars to try… Continue reading

Illicit-drug deaths up in B.C. and remain highest in Canada: chief coroner

More than 4,700 people have died of overdoses since B.C. declared a public health emergency in early 2016

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

Most Read