Why are Uniform Addresses so important?
Addresses are used to identify a specific location in an emergency. And in an emergency, seconds matter…
Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel can lose precious time searching for an address because of confusing addresses or hard-to-read address signs. Such delays can result in the loss of property — and even lives.
Marathon County provides 911 emergency services for ALL of the County’s 62 cities, villages, and towns. Central E911 Dispatch supports:
- • A County-wide Sheriff’s Office
- • 14 Police Departments
- • 28 Fire Departments
- • 11 Ambulance Services
- • 3 Advanced Life Support Ground Services
- • 2 Advanced Life Support Helicopter Services
More than 20,000 local addresses will change between April and November 2018 when Marathon County eliminates its 10 existing address grids and implements a single Uniform Addressing System. The new address will entail a unique 6-digit number with a unique road name.
Marathon County is Wisconsin’s largest county geographically and one of only four counties in Wisconsin without a Uniform Addressing System for all roads, homes, businesses, farms, structures, or other establishments in the unincorporated areas of the County. Inconsistent and duplicate addressing creates challenges when there is a mutual aid response, as the responding department is not always aware of local inconsistencies — which can result in delayed response time.
Charged with the goal of being the safest, healthiest, and most prosperous county in Wisconsin, the Marathon County Board voted in 2016 to implement a county-wide Uniform Addressing System to improve public safety by eliminating:
- • Duplicate addresses
- • Roads with the same or similar names
- • Numbering that is not sequential
- • Odd and even numbers on the same side of the road
The goal of Uniform Addressing is to help emergency services in Marathon County provide the RIGHT SERVICE to the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME.