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    I just wanted to share a success story.

    We recieved a FP&S grant for address signs. Instead of buying the blanks and die cut numbers, or the finished signs, we bought raw materials, (blanks, rolls of 3m reflective materials) and a computer and cutter.

    We were warned that it would be a lot of work, especially since we were making the signs instead of buying the pre made ones.

    Let me tell you - it was a lot of work. Mainly in contacting people, and putting the signs up. It required at least two trips to each address. Making the signs, on the blanks that were already reflectorized with the green backing was not that tough.

    BUT, MAN WAS IT WORTH IT!

    We saw a number of benefits,

    1. Addresses. The obvious one. So much easier to find the address of a call now. You drive down our roads and it looks so cool, green sign after green sign.

    2. Equipment. That computer to run the plotter makes a dandy training computer, as well as day to day operations computer. The plotter/cutter also can be used for OTHER SIGNS!

    3. One of our upcoming projects is going to be to take larger sign blanks, and make a sign for each road that enters our coverage area. It will include a contact number. It does make a difference in donations. Why not? It only takes a few minutes to make the sign, and we have most of the materials and all of the equipment.

    4. Graphics on our trucks. Easy to do.

    5. Our mutual aid departments are looking at doing their own projects, using the cutter we have. (Paying for a new blade and their own materials)

    6. Our patrons love it.

    This project made a lot of sense - both for the money, and for the work.

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    Congratulations.

    That sounds like a really good idea. We have been trying to get our area all numbered, but have had issues with people not wanting to buy the signs, or thinking that cheap 2" stencils on the side of the house was good enough.

    I would be very interested in getting some more information on your application and the process you went through.

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    • #3
      I'm very interested

      we have the same problem of no address signs to find people and their homes. Please send me a copy also of grant narrative and some info on the equipment you purchased to make the signs...

      this would of so much help to our department, community, etc.

      [email protected]

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      • #4
        An extremely excellent idea! My FD could benefit with the same program. If possible, could you also send me the info? Thanks, Ben

        [email protected]

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        • #5
          Congratulations.

          I would be very interested in getting some more information on your application and the process you went through to

          [email protected]

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          • #6
            Originally posted by HuntPA View Post
            Congratulations.

            That sounds like a really good idea. We have been trying to get our area all numbered, but have had issues with people not wanting to buy the signs, or thinking that cheap 2" stencils on the side of the house was good enough.

            I would be very interested in getting some more information on your application and the process you went through.

            Send me an email addy....

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            • #7
              Sent tonite the above three, and the ones from private messages. Good luck.

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              • #8
                If I could get a copy, that would be awesome! Our county is redoing 911 addresses based on GPS starting in 2 months. The downside is, residents can use either the new or old address for the next year!!! My e-mail is [email protected]. Thanks!

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                • #9
                  Can you send me an e-mail with the info.

                  Thanks.

                  [email protected]

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                  • #10
                    Sent. Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
                      I just wanted to share a success story.

                      We recieved a FP&S grant for address signs. Instead of buying the blanks and die cut numbers, or the finished signs, we bought raw materials, (blanks, rolls of 3m reflective materials) and a computer and cutter.

                      We were warned that it would be a lot of work, especially since we were making the signs instead of buying the pre made ones.

                      Let me tell you - it was a lot of work. Mainly in contacting people, and putting the signs up. It required at least two trips to each address. Making the signs, on the blanks that were already reflectorized with the green backing was not that tough.

                      BUT, MAN WAS IT WORTH IT!

                      We saw a number of benefits,

                      1. Addresses. The obvious one. So much easier to find the address of a call now. You drive down our roads and it looks so cool, green sign after green sign.

                      2. Equipment. That computer to run the plotter makes a dandy training computer, as well as day to day operations computer. The plotter/cutter also can be used for OTHER SIGNS!

                      3. One of our upcoming projects is going to be to take larger sign blanks, and make a sign for each road that enters our coverage area. It will include a contact number. It does make a difference in donations. Why not? It only takes a few minutes to make the sign, and we have most of the materials and all of the equipment.

                      4. Graphics on our trucks. Easy to do.

                      5. Our mutual aid departments are looking at doing their own projects, using the cutter we have. (Paying for a new blade and their own materials)

                      6. Our patrons love it.

                      This project made a lot of sense - both for the money, and for the work.
                      Blake I already have a 54” HP plotter at the station that I use to print maps with and it uses the UV resistant ink. The name of the ink doesn’t come to me right now but you know what it is. I know it will print to all kinds of media but haven’t thought about making signs. So what kind of cutter do you have? Do you have a link to the company or a picture? If you still have my email address send me what you have. You seem to be always a step ahead of everybody else.
                      Thanks: dfd701

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dfd701 View Post
                        Blake I already have a 54” HP plotter at the station that I use to print maps with and it uses the UV resistant ink. The name of the ink doesn’t come to me right now but you know what it is. I know it will print to all kinds of media but haven’t thought about making signs. So what kind of cutter do you have? Do you have a link to the company or a picture? If you still have my email address send me what you have. You seem to be always a step ahead of everybody else.
                        Thanks: dfd701
                        I could have done none of it without everyones help here, but thanks.

                        www.signwarehouse.com is who I used for the plotter, supplies, etc.

                        http://www.interstate911.com/ is where I get my blanks from.

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                        • #13
                          Sign Grant

                          Congratulations LVFD that was a great idea. I would appreciate it if you would send me a copy of the information also. [email protected]

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                          • #14
                            Thankyou LVFD301 for the info this is a great idea and Congratulations on your new tanker

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                            • #15
                              LVF301 could you email me a copy when you get a chance. [email protected]
                              Thanks

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