City hall likely home of 911 call centre: Pender

Jamie Bennett
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Corner Brook city hall is the most likely location for the city’s new 911 call centre.

The new centre will handle 911 calls for locations outside the Avalon Peninsula once the province’s new system comes online in December or January.

Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender said Thursday that with ample space set aside for emergency measures, plus additional adjacent space, the basement at city hall looks to be a suitable spot for the centre.

“We haven’t confirmed that is the space but it seems once we complete negotiations with the province, that would be a likely choice,” Pender said Thursday.

Pender said most issues regarding the contracting and operation of the centre have been completed but final details, such as assessing the cost of renovating the space to suit the needs of the centre, are still being negotiated.

He expects the process to be completed and all agreements signed soon.

Once in operation, the system will see up to 12 positions in the city to handle the 24/7 service.

Pender said it will take several hundred thousand dollars to implement the system but the city won’t be expected to bear this burden,

“It won’t come from the city, that’s our understanding,” he said. “We’ll operate under contract to the province’s 911 service.”

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • John q.
    August 29, 2014 - 09:41

    Mayor Pender. The public would like it confirmed whether 911 service will lease space from the city for $$$$$ when renovated or will space be offered for free as in the space currently given to the arts community for free??