At Brentwood’s Smith Park, residents can now feel just a little bit safer.

As part of the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department’s recent firefighter graduation from a national program, over 50 new emergency 911 markers have been posted every tenth of a mile along the six miles of walking and hiking trails at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.

Each one has a 3 x 5 inch orange and black sign with a letter and number code. This code can be relayed to a 911 operator in order to expedite emergency response if needed while in the park.

“The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department is always searching for different ways to increase safety and service to our citizens and visitors,” Fire Chief Brian Goss said. “This program is a simple and economical way to potentially save someone’s life.”

Brentwood is one of several cities in the entire state to implement this type of system.

“This city strives to perform as a cohesive unit,” Battalion Chief Brian Collins said. “Seamless operations between emergency dispatch and our first responders will provide fast and effective emergency services.

“There are about 1,000 acres of green space in Brentwood. This program will help us locate individuals who need help who are not close to a known building address.”

Brentwood Fire and Rescue Engineer and Paramedic Tony Dixon completed this trail marker project for Smith Park. The pilot program was done in conjunction with the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program, with Dixon the first Tennessee graduate.

It is important that citizens use 911 for immediate public safety assistance. Non-emergency service requests should be directed to 615-371-0160. Smith Park is located at 1825 Wilson Pike.

Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at

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