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N.W.T.’s 911 service goes live Nov. 4


November 4, 2019
By Staff

People in the Northwest Territories who find themselves in an emergency will be able to get help by dialing 911 starting Monday, reports CBC.

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The N.W.T. government has been working to bring the widely-recognized emergency service number to the territory since the winter of 2017. The legislative assembly passed its 911 legislation last March.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a lifelong resident of Yellowknife or somebody just coming in to visit — 911 is universally known as a means to access emergency services,” said Eleanor Young, deputy minister of Municipal and Community Affairs. She said the department has been testing the 911 system for more than a month.

There will be at least one operator available to take calls around the clock, Young told Yellowknife city council last week.

The department expects about 78 emergency calls will be made in the territory each day, she said. The department may add staff, if it proves necessary.

Young said the 911 operator will speak English and French. They’ll also be able to connect with interpreters in all nine of the territory’s official Indigenous languages, “subject to the availability of the interpreter,” said the department.

Find the original CBC news article here.