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HELP SHOULD COME FASTER 'BY THE NUMBERS'

St. John residents now have, or soon will have, an additional identification number to commit to memory, one that will assist emergency services personnel in responding quickly to calls for help.
In a partnership between Fire Services and island residents, a project is under way to post these emergency service — or "E.S." — locator numbers on utility poles around St. John. So far, according to Brian Chapman, deputy fire chief for St. John, signs bearing E.S. numbers have been affixed to poles in Chocolate Hole East, Great Cruz Bay, Gifthill Road, Fish Bay, Rock Ridge and, to some extent, Bordeaux.
"These numbers eliminate the need for maps and complicated directions," Chapman said. For example, he said, someone would call 911 and state, "We have a car fire at Gifthill Road E.S. No. 28," or "We need an ambulance to respond to Fish Bay E.S. No. 12-E."
The St. John firefighters "are painting the numbers when we can," he said, "but we need you, the private citizens, to help do your own neighborhood." So far, homeowners in Great Cruz Bay and Fish Bay and Bruce McMakin and homeowners in Rock Ridge have taken the initiative to do so, he said.
Anyone who doesn't have an E.S. number displayed right by their residence should "use the closest number to you and add directions from there" in case of emergency, Chapman said. For example, he said, a caller might say, "Come to Bordeaux Mountain Road E.S. No. 36, then turn right and go down to the blue house."
Eventually, he said, as the firefighters and volunteers get to the secondary roads around the island, everyone should have an E.S. number fairly close to their residence.
Chapman asked that anyone wanting more information about St. John's emergency services numbering system and anyone willing to help put up the signs call him at the Cruz Bay fire station, 776-6333.

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St. John residents now have, or soon will have, an additional identification number to commit to memory, one that will assist emergency services personnel in responding quickly to calls for help.
In a partnership between Fire Services and island residents, a project is under way to post these emergency service -- or "E.S." -- locator numbers on utility poles around St. John. So far, according to Brian Chapman, deputy fire chief for St. John, signs bearing E.S. numbers have been affixed to poles in Chocolate Hole East, Great Cruz Bay, Gifthill Road, Fish Bay, Rock Ridge and, to some extent, Bordeaux.
"These numbers eliminate the need for maps and complicated directions," Chapman said. For example, he said, someone would call 911 and state, "We have a car fire at Gifthill Road E.S. No. 28," or "We need an ambulance to respond to Fish Bay E.S. No. 12-E."
The St. John firefighters "are painting the numbers when we can," he said, "but we need you, the private citizens, to help do your own neighborhood." So far, homeowners in Great Cruz Bay and Fish Bay and Bruce McMakin and homeowners in Rock Ridge have taken the initiative to do so, he said.
Anyone who doesn't have an E.S. number displayed right by their residence should "use the closest number to you and add directions from there" in case of emergency, Chapman said. For example, he said, a caller might say, "Come to Bordeaux Mountain Road E.S. No. 36, then turn right and go down to the blue house."
Eventually, he said, as the firefighters and volunteers get to the secondary roads around the island, everyone should have an E.S. number fairly close to their residence.
Chapman asked that anyone wanting more information about St. John's emergency services numbering system and anyone willing to help put up the signs call him at the Cruz Bay fire station, 776-6333.