CRTC Approves Interim Emergency Number Service in the Yukon (12/15/14)
Monday, December 15, 2014 | Comments

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved, with conditions, an interim service that will make it easier to access emergency responders in the Yukon. The Yukon government proposed the temporary solution while it works to implement 9-1-1 service throughout the territory.

Citizens and visitors will be able to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency situation anywhere in the territory without having to remember the seven-digit telephone numbers that some emergency responders use. By dialing 9-1-1, callers will be directed by an automated service to select either police, fire or EMS from an interactive menu.

CRTC approved this proposal on the condition that all calls to local police, fire and EMS that are not answered must be automatically transferred to the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment or the 9-1-1 call center in Whitehorse.

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