Volunteers augment safety of Greenwich shut-ins

Volunteers augment safety of Greenwich shut-ins

Second Lieutenant Dave Reed of the Sound Beach Fire Department standing behind Miss Georgina B. Davids as she watches Archer Small of the Sound Beach Fire Police place a decal on a window of her homeMelvin F. Doty, Jr., chairman of the project and Jack Brauntuch, coordinator of the out patient service of the Greenwich Hospital, examine an enlargement of the two types of decals used with Miss Astrid Andrews, director of the medical social services at the hospital and the author of this article (right)

FIFTY FIRE POLICE and volunteer firemen recently placed 130 decals on homes of the infirm in Greenwich, Conn. While the markers are inconspicuous to the general public, they are readily visible day and night to the firemen trained to observe them. Rolling in to a fire or other emergency in a home displaying the decal, the firemen know that someone within may require extra help to escape.

The volunteers reached out to help the shut-ins from each of their fire areas: Banksville, Central Greenwich, Cos Cob, East Port Chester, Glenville, Round Hill and Sound Beach, covering 43 square miles of the town (population 55,000).

The decals are 5-inch luminescent orange rectangles or circles, imprinted with a black Maltese cross. They assure the aged, chronically ill, handicapped and blind of fast rescue in case of fire.

Various town organizations cooperated in the compilation of the shutin lists from names supplied by: Out patient services of the Greenwich Hospital, the director of the town Welfare Department, Greenwich Public Health Nursing Service, Ministers’ Fellowship of Greenwich, the Catholic church and the newspaper Greenwich Time.

The committee devised a check-off list which shows the fire area, the name, address and sex of the shut-in, whether the person is a child or an adult, location of the person in the home and physical condition for emergency transportation, the date the stickers were placed, and the name of the person who placed it. One copy was kept at each of the firehouses and the other copy was forwarded to the police department for their information in case of a call for an emergency other than a fire. The various service organizations will maintain master lists which they will keep up to date. This community service safety project should reduce the hazards of someone unable to react quickly in an emergency being overlooked. □□

Paid Firemen Alec Ferguson and Frank P. Clark examine an enlargement of the door decal with Fire Chief Stuart M. Potter

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