CORRECTION: PRRD staff authorized to renegotiate 9-1-1 contract with Fort St. John

A Fort St. John Fire Fighter runs the local 911 fire dispatch in Fort St. John

The previous story stated that the PRRD was authorized to negotiate with the City of Fort St. John for a lower rate to provide fire dispatch services. The PRRD board has decided to discuss the matter further in a closed meeting.

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will most likely not be using E-Comm as the area`s 9-1-1 dispatch service provider, according to a motion from a closed meeting last month.

At the PRRD board meeting held in Dawson Creek on September 22nd, the Regional District’s General Manager of Community and Electoral Area Services Trish Morgan outlined that the existing agreement with the RCMP to serve as the initial Public Safety Answer Point would be expiring on March 31st, 2017. After searching for proposals from both the City of Fort St. John and E-Comm, who had both expressed interest, the Regional District only received a proposal from E-Comm.

After last month’s meeting, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman expressed concern that in addition to the switch of the regional PSAP to E-Comm, fire dispatch services would also be changed. That dispatching is separate from the initial 9-1-1 service handled by the RCMP, and is currently handled by both the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek fire departments.

During the Closed Committee of the Whole meeting on September 22, 2016, the board adopted a resolution that was released for today’s open meeting to be endorsed by the Board: “That staff be authorized to negotiate with the City of Fort St. John for a lower rate to provide fire dispatch service to the entire region.”

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