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New safety initiative to help first responders locate rural properties

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Oct 17, 2022, Ajax, Ont. – A new safety initiative in Ajax, Ont., will help first responders locate rural properties during emergencies.

The region of Durham provided funding to the town for the Farm 9-1-1 Project, also known as The Emily Project, to install clear signs for rural properties in the area.

The Emily Project was founded in honour of seven-year-old Emily Trudeau, who lost her life in a farming accident after paramedics couldn’t find the address. The project was established by Emily’s parents to improve emergency services in rural communities, ensuring landowners have access to a civic address for the entrance of their farmland.

The rural address signs allow for secondary access points to farmers’ fields in Ajax. The Farm 9-1-1 Project is to ensure there is accurate geographic information for first responders to identify the secondary address for these properties.


There will be eight address signs installed on secondary access points to farmers’ fields. The funding provided also allows six signs to be installed at entrances or parking lots for trails.

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