The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is encouraging farmers to join the Farm 911 Emily Project, which urges agricultural landowners to have civic addresses assigned to vacant land entrances.
Farm accidents can occur in remote locations on a rural property, often kilometres away from the nearest residence, making it challenging for first responders to access the emergency.
By having a civic address assigned to every farm property entrance, a 911 roadside sign can be installed, helping first responders to more easily locate the entrance in the event of an emergency.
The Farm 911 Emily Project was created as the result of a tragic fatal farm accident, in which seven-year-old Emily Trudeau lost her life on a rural property in Tweed, Ont. Emergency crews were called to the scene, but first responders were unable to find the exact location, due to lack of address. Although they were eventually flagged down on the roadside, Trudeau suffered traumatic injuries and later passed away in hospital.