Seconds count: Ambos call for visible rural numbering

Rural landowner Hec Sander and advanced care paramedic Jo Crooks.
Rural landowner Hec Sander and advanced care paramedic Jo Crooks. Nev Madsen

QUEENSLAND'S ambulance service is urging rural landholders to make sure their house numbers are clearly visible.

Darling Downs Local Ambulance Service Network assistant commissioner Michael Metcalfe said the consequences could mean the difference between life and death.

He said it was a problem paramedics faced all too often.

"On rural blocks, houses aren't often visible from the roadside, so it's important landholders clearly display their house number, ideally with large reflective numbers on their letterbox, or by erecting signage clearly displaying it, along with the name of their property," Mr Metcalfe said.

"If you have a number of reference points for your property, for example separate house and lot numbers, or are part of a rural numbering system, make sure you tell the Emergency Medical Dispatcher when calling triple-0, so we know to look for these reference points. "

Mr Metcalfe said seconds counted in an emergency and valuable time was often wasted looking for what could be a "needle in a haystack".

"We're asking the community to help us help them," he said.

"Please don't put us in a situation where we're circling your street knowing a patient so close-by  desperately needs us, and we're unable to help.

"Residents could even have a street 'working bee' to get in and get the job done, you never know, the life saved could well be your own."



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