9-1-1 communications are being upgraded in North Bay.
It comes after a nearly $1.4M investment from the province to the North Bay Police Service.
According to Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, who announced the funding today, the money will help transition to the new “Next Generation 9-1-1” system through technology and infrastructure upgrades.
Once fully implemented, officials say the system will make it easier to provide additional details about emergency situations, such as video from the scene of an accident, and to text 9-1-1 requesting help from emergency services.
“Our government takes public safety seriously, and is committed to ensuring that when an emergency happens people can access the services they need,” says MPP Vic Fedeli. “We recognize that our local emergency operators, dispatchers and communicators are heroes of public safety and putting modern 9-1-1 technology in place will support efforts for faster deployment of first responders.”
Fedeli adds the new system will also give emergency operators and dispatchers the ability to identify the location of a call using GPS coordinates, resulting in a safer, faster and more informed emergency response.
NBPS Chief Scott Tod says the funding will enable technology upgrades to support improved emergency services and provide additional tools and information for first responders.