911 service could be provincewide by the end of 2014

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Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent has unveiled new details of the government’s plan to provide provincewide 911 services by the end of the year.

Sherry Colford, 911 project lead, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent and Sean Dutton, CEO Fire and Emergency Sevices NL at a news conference in St. John's today. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

The government is starting debate today on a piece of legislation which will create an arm’s-length, not-for-profit agency which will be responsible for running the system.

The government will also establish some sort of levy for each wireless and landline phone customer in the province. There’s no firm announcement yet on how much it’ll cost.

“We anticipate that it will be under a dollar,” Kent said.

The finances of the NL 911 Bureau will be separate from general government revenue, and the idea is that the phone bill levy will create enough money to fund operations on a cost-neutral basis.

The new law will require every municipality and local service district to participate in the system.

Currently, St. John’s, Corner Brook and Labrador West have landline 911 service, and the whole province has cellphone 911 service. After the new system comes into force, it’ll be available for everyone.

The government’s plan also lays the groundwork for “next generation” 911 service, which would involve location data, text messaging and other information.

Kent said that the new legislation will improve safety for all residents.

 

 

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Labrador West

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  • Oh my!
    May 20, 2014 - 16:45

    Don't you think everyone should have this service? Small paltry fee for such an important service

  • Torey Nomore
    May 20, 2014 - 13:37

    Minister Steve Kent; reason # 48 that I cannot vote Tory no-more; ah, but, we only have to bear with him another year and a bit.

  • Tony
    May 20, 2014 - 13:30

    Oh my, oh my!!!!! Another fee to residents. Garbage fees, environmental fees, whatever turns them on fees and increases in electrical rates coming because of Muskrat Falls. When is this nickle and dime Progressive Conservative government going to go away? This is indirect taxation and we are called a have province. Minister Kent GO AWAY!!! I promise you our turn is coming in the next provincial election....

  • James Williams
    May 20, 2014 - 13:22

    About time NL got province wide 911.

  • No New Taxes
    May 20, 2014 - 12:24

    Great another tax! The fee (tax) applied to all people, regardless of income. Just like the electronic recycling fee (tax) that has little or nothing to do with the price of the product. Stop it!

    • James Williams
      May 20, 2014 - 13:25

      Just how do you know that the paltry fee of less than a loonie will have nothing to do the service. Typical Newfoundland attitude.....give me give me give me.....for free free free.

  • Nevill
    May 20, 2014 - 11:46

    A levy for each wireless and landline, I think that is excessive - some households have multiple wireless phones and a landline, charging more then once per house hold is robbery - if there is a charge it should be equal for everyone.