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WFD promotes Fire Prevention Week

By on October 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

Brett Wiegand of the Waterloo Fire Department displays a reflective address sign.

WFD: reflective address signs aid in emergencies

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 7-13, the Waterloo Fire Department is reminding residents that reflective address signs are available for purchase.

WFD First Assistant Chief Brett Wiegand said that one of the most basic ways residents, especially those in rural areas of the fire district, can help in an emergency is to install a highly visible address sign in their front yard.

“When the fire department is called to an emergency, we are given an address to respond to,” Wiegand said. “Sometimes it is the address of the emergency, or a concerned neighbor calls in with a general location.”

There are reflective signs available, which are usually made of blue or green color and clearly display the number of a house from a considerable distance when properly displayed.

“The reflective address sign will help the service that you need in finding your home as quickly as possible — especially if the emergency occurs at night when visibility is reduced or if the number on your home or mailbox cannot be read easily from a distance,” he said.

The Waterloo Community Fire Protection District is making these signs available for all those who wish to have one. Simply submit the names, phone numbers and addresses of those interested by e-mail at, or you can leave a message on an answering machine at the firehouse (939-8009).

Estimated cost of each sign is around $10. The sign can be made vertically or horizontally, one- or two-sided, and should be big enough for a four number address.

“We have made over 100 signs so far, and we will continue to make them as we receive requests,” Wiegand said. “We have seen our signs out in the rural area, and that has been a step in the right direction.”

Check out this photo in this week’s edition of the Republic-Times– out Wednesday!
Two Zahnow Elementary School first grade classes visited the Waterloo Fire Department on Tuesday as part National Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 7-13. The two classes were brought to the fire station by their teachers, Lisa Cain (far left) and Brian Unger (far right). (Alan Dooley photo)

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.