SQCRD investigates 911 type service for Haida Gwaii

  • Fri Dec 19th, 2014 3:00pm
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The Skeena – Queen Charlotte Regional District will be looking into a common emergency number for all of Haida Gwaii following concerns raised by Director Mike Racz.”There is one woman who works with our [Tlell] fire department and she is getting older and she can no longer do it. They have been looking at their own options and have been looking at E-com and Northern 911, which is based out of Ontario. I believe Port Clements uses Northern 911 and has had great success,” he said at the Dec. 12 regional district meeting, noting there may be economies of scale if all island communities came together. “I was hoping staff could look into whether there is more of a need on-island for this Â… combining the areas might be a good idea. I know I don’t even know our 911 number here. As an island, if we moved to one 911 number it would be great.”While Queen Charlotte has been having discussions about options with former CAO Peter Weeber, Port Clements Mayor Ian Gould said Northern 911 has been a bit of a mixed bag. “There has generally been success, but we have had some issues with fire department getting dispatched and I believe there is a relationship between the two, so we are looking into that,” he said. Staff was directed by the board to look into what options are available for island-wide 911 services, what the costs are and what the interest is among Haida Gwaii communities. At the Dec. 15 meeting of council, Port Clements CAO Kim Mushynsky noted the village was paying $150 per month for service, but is now paying more for a better service than what was previously in place.