Carthage Fire & Rescue along with Town of Carthage Public Works Department has issued a news release to inform the public of new fire station signs that were installed to keep emergency personnel and the community safe.
According to Carthage Fire & Rescue, it is difficult for them to enter the road while responding to emergency calls. The new signs are designed to keep everyone safe.
The new signs are installed along US 15-501. These signs have solar panels mounted on top with yellow LED lights located around the sign. The signs will start flashing to give drivers attention that emergency vehicles are trying to enter the road as they are heading out for an emergency call, according to Carthage Fire & Rescue. The signs will flash for 1 minute and then stop flashing. The signs are activated via key-fobs that are located in each of their fire apparatus.
The new safety signs were purchased using the Kyle Ferrell Fund. Ferrell was killed in 2015, and prior to his death, he had been an active member of the Carthage Fire Department before joining the military. A memorial fund was established to help purchase safety equipment for the station.
Carthage Fire & Rescue is waiting for dedication signs that will be mounted to the post in honor of Ferrell.