9-1-1 service adopts budget

North Island 9-1-1 Corporation, the regional emergency communications service provider on northern Vancouver Island, has adopted a budget

North Island 9-1-1 Corporation, the regional emergency communications service provider on northern Vancouver Island, has adopted a 2013 operating budget of $2.4 million and approved capital equipment expenditures of $602,000 funded from reserves.

The operating budget, an increase of $130,633 from 2012, is used to pay for the agreement with the RCMP to provide initial call answering for 9-1-1 calls and for operating and maintaining a fire dispatch and mapping system used for the dispatch of 49 fire departments covering a geographic area of approximately 60,000 square kilometres.

The North Island 911 Corp. provides an emergency communication link between citizens and visitors and emergency responders. In 2012, there were 69,244 9-1-1 calls taken at the operational communication centre based in Courtenay. For information on the North Island 9-1-1 Corporation, and other important things to remember when calling in an emergency, visit the website at www.nisl911.bc.ca