The provincial government said today it has determined the locations and boundaries of the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for the expansion of Basic 911 service.
Dan Crummell, Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services-NL, said the news is a critical step forward for the Emergency 911 Act.
“Today’s announcement is another step forward in reaching our target of having Basic 911 service available to residents by December 2014.” Crummell said.
“Arrangements with 911 call-taking centres, also known as Public Safety Answering Points, have been finalized.
The City of St. John’s will continue to operate its current Public Safety Answering Point, and will expand service to the remainder of the Avalon Peninsula. The City of Corner Brook will operate the second Public Safety Answering Point, for the remainder of the province.”
Approximately 40 per cent of the province’s population is currently covered by Basic 911 service on landline telephones, and once service is expanded, 100 per cent of the province’s population with landline and/or wireless telephone service where a cellular signal is available, will have access to Basic 911 service.