In sup­port of 911 sys­tem

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

I to­tally dis­agree with the com­ments made by Bay Roberts Fire Chief Clarence Rus­sell in an ar­ti­cle head­lined “911 won’t work in CBN,” which ap­peared in the Nov. 15 edi­tion of The Com­pass.

I am a trained E-911 op­er­a­tor from Al­berta. I dis­patched for a wide area cov­er­ing sev­eral hun­dred kilo­me­tres of high­way, five dif­fer­ent fire de­part­ments and four am­bu­lance ser­vices.

Once a call goes into 911 there are trained peo­ple tak­ing these calls and they know what to dis­patch and to where. Cov­er­age ar­eas are very clearly laid out for dis­patch­ers and sure there will be some hic­cups, but it will work so much bet­ter then try­ing to fig­ure out who to call on your own.

For a man who has worked in emer­gency ser­vices for so long I find it to be a very un­e­d­u­cated state­ment. Learn the facts be­fore speak­ing. 911 is a proven work­ing sys­tem all over the world, but for some rea­son it won’t work for our area? Get real!

Barb Hutch­ings writes from Spa­niard’s Bay

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