Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

Province wide 911 petition

Newfoundland & labrador doesn't have a province wide 911 system.
The closes thing to 911 in the province of NL is a 1-800 number
1-800-709-RCMP(7267)

Even as good as this sounds it pales in comparison to the benefits of a province wide 911 system and nothing short of a province wide 911 system should be acceptable IMHO.
Children only know 911, tourists and traveling public only know 911.
If you are truely in need of assistance generally you are in a state of shock and may not have the where with all to remember the 1-800-709-RCMP(7267). Not to mention the time involved in dialing so many numbers which will only get you to an RCMP who will need to then contact the required emergency personell.
The 911 system also comes with a requirement that all residences be clearly marked with consistant signage.

Alot of people think cell phones will get you 911 but this is a falacy as well according to the spokesman for this site.

If you feel strongly about this breach in public safety you can sign a petition at http://www.911education.com.
Comments:
Typical. Another Nfld-based organization can't bring itself to accurately represent Labrador in a map.
 
THe entire first response system in NL is in need of an overall. When the 911 system was set up the govn give pagers to fire dept involved. In many cases these same pagers are still in use because the dept can not afford to replace them. A volunteer dept might have 3 pagers for 20 people. There are trucks out there of 60s and 70s vintage. Grant may not be given b ecause the process was not followed correctly. Many dept have no rescure (ie car crash) and medical equipment. And perhaps the biggest problem is training. THe NL govnerment does not do the basic 2 day training courses - 2 day basic firefighting and 2 day SCBA that are the most inportant training to have. It is up to Fire Dept to arange there own training.

I am a Volunteer Firefighter and this is how it is.
 
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THe entire first response system in NL is in need of an overall. When the 911 system was set up the govn give pagers to fire dept involved. In many cases these same pagers are still in use because the dept can not afford to replace them. A volunteer dept might have 3 pagers for 20 people. There are trucks out there of 60s and 70s vintage. Grant may not be given b ecause the process was not followed correctly. Many dept have no rescure (ie car crash) and medical equipment. And perhaps the biggest problem is training. THe NL govnerment does not do the basic 2 day training courses - 2 day basic firefighting and 2 day SCBA that are the most inportant training to have. It is up to Fire Dept to arange there own training.

I am a Volunteer Firefighter and this is how it is.
 
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