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The security of 911 service will be available to residents of
Cape Breton by Oct. 31, two months ahead of the original time

At the request of Halifax Regional Municipality, the start of 911
service for region four (Halifax Regional Municipality, Lunenburg
County and West Hants Municipality) will now take place by
Dec. 31, rather than the original target date of Sept. 30. The
change in scheduling allows the regional municipality the time
required to prepare for 911, including the upgrading of the
telecommunications system. Staffing issues is also a
consideration in the request for an extension.

The changes in starting dates will not have any impact on the
target of providing province wide 911 service by the end of the

While work on the Cape Breton component will be accelerated,
preparations will continue in the Halifax, Lunenburg, West Hants
area. Briefing sessions for emergency personnel in communities
throughout Halifax, Lunenburg and West Hants will continue as

Currently, over 35 per cent of Nova Scotians have access to
emergency services through 911. Residents of Kings County have
had 911 service since 1992. On April 1 the service was extended
to people living in Colchester and Cumberland Counties as well as
the Municipality of East Hants. Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth,
Digby and Annapolis Counties residents began using 911 June 17.
The service became available in Pictou, Antigonish and
Guysborough counties July 1.

The roll-out of 911 on Cape Breton will mean that the 165,000
residents there will have immediate access to fire, police and
ambulance. Fire departments, police services and ambulances
across the island will all be linked to one of two public safety
answering points. The RCMP telecommunications centre on Alexandra
Street, Sydney will be the primary call centre for rural areas,
while the Cape Breton Regional dispatch centre, Grand Lake Road,
will handle most urban calls.


Contact: Mike Myette  902-424-6206

trp                       July 09, 1996 - 9:23 a.m.