Toronto, Ontario July 2005 - The WayFinder Illuminated Address Sign featured in the Toronto Star newspaper column
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Barrie, Ontario winter 2005 - The WayFinder 911 Illuminated Address Sign - featured on The A Channel's - "Gadget Friday" show
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Alliston, Ontario, May 2004 - The WayFinder 911 Illuminated Address Sign arrives in New Tecumseth!
Alliston , Ontario , May 18, 2004 - PermaGLO Lighting Inc. is pleased to announce that the first WayFinder 911 Illuminated Address Sign with Emergency Locator has been installed in New Tecumseth!
Rick Milne, a paramedic in Dufferin Region, recently purchased and installed a sign for his house. "When I am not working for the Town of New Tecumseth , I am a paramedic and as such I am very familiar with the difficulties experienced in trying to locate a residence in an urban area when responding to a 911 call. There is no doubt in my mind that having address numbers that illuminate would be very helpful to emergency services when responding to a distress call."
A few months ago, Deputy Mayor Milne, asked New Tecumseth Fire Chief Dan Heydon, to conduct research on companies that make illuminated address signs. Coincidentally, PermaGLO Lighting contacted Rick at the same time to show the Town how the WayFinder 911 Illuminated Address sign could help their community. In partnership with the Development Services Department, the Town of New Tecumseth is currently considering the feasibility of requiring illuminated address signs to be installed in all new urban developments. Other municipalities, such as Dufferin, who have seen a demonstration of this product, are also considering a similar by-law for illuminated address numbers in their Regions.
There are a number of proactive communities like New Tecumseth that are recognizing a need for visible address numbers. All residences can benefit from illuminated signs but new developments are especially lacking in address signage of any kind. New homes are given a lot number but as these are not recognized as a civic address, they typically do not show up on maps that EMS teams use. In addition, these lot signs are not visible at night time and EMS personnel responding to a distress call in a new development are especially hard-pressed to find the location and lend assistance.
Vern Cunningham, President of PermaGLO, explains that they have been selling their WayFinder 911 Illuminated Address signs for the past year and have received many encouraging comments from satisfied Customers. As well, Emergency Medical Services personnel all over southern Ontario have expressed their enthusiasm and support for this kind of product. As Rick Milne explains, "Providing the safest environment possible for our residents to live in is very important to the Town."
Top row : Vern Cunningham, President of PermaGLO Lighting
Bottom row: New Tecumseth Fire Chief Dan Heydon, OPP Sargeant Dick Cockburn
and New Tecumseth Deputy Mayor and Dufferin Region paramedic Rick Milne