Grande Prairie’s Community Safety Committee is recommending that Council allow an agreement between the city, Strathcona County and Parkland County 911 services.
“There’s some new regulations in 911 that says we have to upgrade and we have to have back-up centres,” said Fire Chief Dan Lemieux. “We have to have resiliency.”
The three-way agreement would allow for Strathcona or Parkdale to be able to dispatch for the city if the Grande Prairie 911 centre were to end up completely disabled.
Lemieux also said the city will be updating to a new Alberta first responders communication system within the next month, which will allow them to contact anyone in the province on the system.
This union would optimize current 911 services, and will continue to benefit as they upgrade to meet current and future needs.
Lemieux says that soon the Next Generation 911 will start to come into place.
This will allow people to text 911, and potentially overtime, they may be able to send videos or other forms of messages to 911.
“We want to make sure that as we upgrade our technology that all three centres can have the same or similar technologies,” said Lemieux.