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Boy Scout project helps in emergency

| Monday, July 2, 2012, 12:16 a.m.

Seconds can make a difference in emergency response.

Two initiatives are under way in Plum to ensure that the borough's police, firefighters and emergency medical service workers -- as quickly as possible -- find homes where they are responding to calls for help.

Boy Scout Troop 110 is gearing up for another year of painting house numbers on the road in front of borough homes.

Also, the Plum Fire Chiefs Association is selling reflective address markers.

"It helps (the Boy Scout project) like you would not believe," said Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Glass. "When you get on an older street, sometimes the numbers are not in chronological order. Having the number on the curb helps."

Troop 110 -- consisting of about eight Boy Scouts who live in Plum and meet in Christ Lutheran Church in Murrysville -- began the number-painting project in 1984, said Kevin Rump, who heads the project.

Rump said the idea came from a few Scouts who also were junior firefighters with the Holiday Park department.

"We continue to do this every summer as our community service project," Rump said. "We do, however, ask for a token donation. The donation is completely voluntary and much appreciated."

The Scouts are targeting sections of the borough that have not been painted since 2007. The areas include Greendale, Ramparts, Rockland Manor, Woodlawn Estates and certain portions of Holiday Park.

Rump said Plum residents look forward to the project in their neighborhoods.

"Every year we get letters from folks in the community thanking us for helping the emergency responders," Rump said.

Meanwhile, the Plum Fire Chiefs Association is selling reflective address markers. The signs can be mounted horizontally or vertically to a mailbox.

The signs are $15. Applications can be obtained at the borough building, 4575 New Texas Road.

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