WINCHESTER – Having been given direction from the region’s united government, lower-tier municipalities throughout SD&G are now working to co-ordinate the rollout of the Farm 911 initiative.
Also known as The Emily Project, members of the upper-tier council finally threw support behind the campaign earlier this year.
It came after a spring appeal from the Dundas Federation of Agriculture, who had asked for civic address signage to be installed on farms throughout the united counties in order to make it easier for paramedics and firefighters to respond to emergencies in fields.
The effort is named in honour of Emily Trudeau, a seven-year-old girl who died after she fell from, and was struck by a moving tractor, on her parent’s beef farm near Tweed in 2014.
First responders could not immediately find the scene of the accident.
Her family helped launch the initiative in 2017.
Now in North Dundas’ hands, council members tinkered with a draft bylaw at a recent meeting.
There was little appetite to make the signage mandatory. By keeping the decision-making process voluntary, it’s hoped that buy-in will be positive given the nature of the campaign.
As well, the charge per sign will be left at $75. For an incentive, however, farmers that obtain signs and place them will have 50 per cent of the cost covered thanks to $5,000 going from the United Counties to each municipality in SD&G to subsidize the cost of the first few hundred markers.
“Yes, I’d say voluntary is the way to go…. And anyone who sees the $75 as an onerous price, they can have that talk with their family…. It’s meant to save lives,” Deputy-Mayor Al
Armstrong said. “It’d be nice to see it, perhaps, as part of a policy for future and existing [land entry] applications.”