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February 3, 2010
Nowhere to Move
Traffic was heavy during this high school basketball game at Provost Public School as these girls fought for the ball near the basket. The Thursday night game saw the Provost Panthers (white) host the Wainwright Commandos where the home side was slow out of the gate but managed to make the game close towards the end. Provost lost 62-47. The boys teams played afterwards where the local team had more success and won 48-28. ©Provost News Photo

911 Rep. Concerned With Possible Change to Handling of Calls
No Switch in Service Expected in Immediate Future
There could be some internal changes to the 911 emergency service but the operation serving the Provost region is not disappearing says East Central 911 Call (EC911) Answer Society chief administrative officer, Allan Keller.

He told a handful of local government representatives at the M.D. office in Provost on Tuesday, January 26 that residents need to know that they can still call 911 in an emergency. Service is not being moved to a larger city, and quality of service is not being degraded he added.

EC911 handles 911 calls and dispatches the appropriate responders to the scene.

In the last year or so, they’ve been trying to tackle a situation of their own. With Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) decision to centralize ambulance service, Keller has found there’s a general misconception that 911 service is being moved to Calgary or Edmonton. This is not the case, but Keller is finding that 911 seems to be synonymous with ambulance service.

Ambulance service was in the process of being centralized in Alberta, and a number of other areas are now operated by offices in Edmonton and Calgary.

Keller says AHS may now however be taking another look at the situation.

Under a proposed centralized ambulance service, a caller from this area who wants an ambulance would still dial 911, and would still be routed to the call centre in Wainwright. An EC911 dispatcher will answer “Do you require police, fire, ambulance?” and if the caller answers “Ambulance” the response from the dispatcher would be “Please stay on the line” and the caller would be transferred to a central location such as Edmonton.

The extra step has Keller, who lives in Wainwright, very concerned.

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