News release

911 and Volunteer Fire Services on the Same Page

More than 270 volunteer fire departments and brigades throughout the province will soon be equipped with additional resources.

The Emergency Management Office and the Department of Environment and Labour have purchased the new 500-page Nova Scotia Street and Road Atlas for members of the volunteer fire service.

"This project will ensure that the volunteer fire service and 911 call takers are literally on the same page when it comes to determining the exact location of an emergency," said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.

"Location information is one of the most important elements in emergency response," said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. "The atlas will help personnel reach an emergency more quickly which will save lives, prevent injuries and protect property."

The Nova Scotia Street and Road Atlas provides comprehensive coverage of the province, including street and county names. It was originally developed for provincial ambulance dispatch.

The Emergency Management Office and the Department of Environment and Labour, fire services division, along with emergency response agencies throughout the province, work collectively to promote the safety of Nova Scotians.

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More than 270 volunteer fire departments throughout the province will soon be equipped with additional resources.

The Emergency Management Office and the Department of Environment and Labour have purchased Nova Scotia street and road atlases for fire departments and brigades.

Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says this project will ensure that the volunteer fire service and 9-1-1 call takers are on the same page when it comes to determining the exact location of an emergency.

This new resource will give volunteer fire fighters access to the same mapping information as is currently being used by 9-1-1 call-takers across the province.

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Media Contact:

Jodi Sibley
Emergency Management Office 902-424-1906 Cell: 902-223-3857 E-mail:
Janet Lynn McNeil
Department of Environment and Labour 902-424-7420 Cell: 902-237-4287 E-mail: