Columbia County firefighters are once again being allowed to sell street-number signs to residents.
“We’re having numerous requests for these markers, and we stopped selling them when we became a county agency,” Columbia County Fire Chief Doug Cooper said at a recent Columbia County Emergency Services Committee meeting.
The department had sold the address markers since 2005 and stopped in January. Commissioners recently approved the sign sale.
Cooper said all homes should be clearly marked with safety reflective numbers to ensure emergency responders can quickly locate the addresses. The department’s computer-aided dispatch system can lead firefighters close, but the signs make homes, especially those set back from the road in rural areas, easier to find.
“We custom-make these things. They’re made on request,” Cooper said.
The aluminum signs with safety-reflective numbers are manufactured at fire headquarters and can be vertically or horizontally mounted on a post or mailbox post.
The signs cost about $22.50 each to make, Cooper said. They sell for $25 and the profits go toward the purchase of more sign materials.
“We used to sell them for $20, but found out we were losing money,” Cooper said.
Firefighters will install signs for elderly or handicapped residents.
To order a house sign, call Jim Perdue at (706) 863-7745, ext. 213.