News Release - May 18, 1999
RURAL EXPANSION OF 9-1-1 SERVICE FOR PRINCE ALBERT
Municipal Affairs, Culture and Housing Minister Carol Teichrob today
announced another step toward province-wide 9-1-1 with its expansion
of Enhanced 9-1-1 service to residents of a number of rural
municipalities in the Prince Albert region.
Enhanced 9-1-1 displays a caller's name and location to a trained
call-taking operator at the Prince Albert Public Safety Answering
Point (PSAP) who directs the call to the appropriate emergency service
provider - fire, ambulance or police.
"The government is committed to strengthening our communities,"
Teichrob said. "This important step in the development of
province-wide 9-1-1 service will improve people's sense of security.
Enhanced 9-1-1 service will provide one simple, easy-to-remember phone
number and reduce the need for callers to communicate detailed
information. This is a tremendous benefit to young children, or
anyone in an emergency situation, who may have difficulty describing
Enhanced 9-1-1 will be available in the rural municipalities of:
Lakeland #521, Paddockwood #520, Canwood # 494, Shellbrook #493,
Buckland #491, Garden River #490, Leask #464, Duck Lake #463, Prince
Albert #461, Birch Hills #460, Kinistino #459, Fish Creek #402,
Blaine Lake #434, St. Louis #431, Invergordon #430 and
The remainder of the municipalities in the Prince Albert PSAP
region are scheduled to receive Enhanced 9-1-1 service by the
fall of 2000.
"To accomplish this expansion, extensive coordination was
required between the implementation team, SaskTel, health
regions, municipalities and emergency service providers," said
Duane McKay, the Sask911 Implementation Officer for the Prince
To support province-wide 9-1-1, a monthly fee of $1.00 per
residential line, $.50 per individual business line, and $2.40
per business trunk line will be collected by SaskTel from those
residents and businesses receiving the new service. These fees
will incorporate the purchase, installation and maintenance of
Enhanced 9-1-1 equipment and the ongoing operation of the
expanded call-taking service.
For more information, contact:
Municipal Affairs, Culture and Housing
Phone: (306) 787-5959
Prince Albert PSAP at 306-953-4211
SaskTel at 1-877-726-8595