If the public only did one thing to make your lives safer, it should be ...
I work for a company in Indiana (Envisage) that builds software to help first responder organizations ensure they are trained, equipped and ready to respond. We are also working to improve the news and analytical content we publish online.
One of my tasks at the moment is to create a series of infographics, aimed at the general public, detailing ways citizens should respond to emergency events to help improve the safety of the officers and agents on scene. One example we use in discussions a lot is being pulled over on the highway. We would identify 5-7 things to consider in such situations that will help the authorities do their jobs as safely as possible.
Since firefighters are one profession of interest to us, we would like input from you on what information would be most helpful for the general public to know. We are still in the brainstorming phase of this project, so you could offer a specific bit of wisdom the public should know, or describe a situation that is made more difficult by citizen mistakes or inaction.
What are the most important things the public could do to make your lives safer when you are doing your job?
Maybe not making my life safer when doing my job, but sure helpful to get me there
Get house numbers on every residence in your neighborhood.
NOT just a little number by your door to make sure that the UPS guy puts your package at the right door.
LARGE numbers that we can see and read from the road.
We need a number on every driveway so we can know if we are going the right direction up or down the road.
It doesn't help much to have numbers on your house if we can't see the numbers from the road.
It isn't good enough to have numbers on a row of mailboxes at the beginning of a drive and then un-labeled driveways leading off.
If you have multiple roads and drives and intersections, give us a trail of numbers with arrows to follow to get to the correct address.
We don't always have a plume of smoke to follow to get to your emergency.