In support of 911 system
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