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May 12, 2014
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Street signs erected to aid emergency response
Deon P. Green, Star Writer


Superintendent Merrick Watson and Custos of St Thomas Marcia Bennett unveiling one of the street signs in Retreat. - Deon P. Green

With great difficulty for emergency response teams to locate addresses in the maize of streets and houses in Retreat, St Thomas, the community citizen association project, 'Knowing Retreat Let's Unite and Keep it Safe', became a reality with the provision of directional signs.

The unveiling of the signs was provided with the assistance of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Safety and Security Branch, UK Aid and the Department for International Development Community Safety Fund.

President to the Retreat Citizens' Association, Selvin Thomas, noted: "There was the absence of street signs and obtaining detailed directions was time-consuming. This resulted in emotional trauma on victims, loss of property and the escape of criminals."

He said such issues resulted in dis-engagement among the youths and a decline in social unity. With the signs unveiled, Thomas remarked: "With these signs, there should be effective response by emergency service providers, particularly the police, health and fire department."

Phase two of the association's initiative is to landscape a section where a community centre is located and paving of the driveway to the centre. Thomas appealed to all citizens to help to make that and other projects a reality in the community.

Among those attending the function were Errol Greene, secretary manager of the St Thomas Parish Council, which gave approval for the signs to be erected; Custos of St Thomas Marcia Bennett; Superintendent Merrick Watson, head of the St Thomas police; and councillor for the Port Morant Division, Victor Hutchinson, in whose division Retreat is located.

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