Cambridge Fire Chief Shares Views On Emergency Dispatch Consolidation

Cambridge Fire Chief Shares Views On Emergency Dispatch Consolidation

Regional Airport Helicopter Crash Helps Review Strategy

Published 12/13/2012 | By Cambridge Now! Local News


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Chief Chesney: 'Our Citizens Deserve Best Response Possible'

Consolidation of Emergency Dispatch Services

Cambridge, Ontario -The Cambridge Fire Department (CFD) will be participating in ongoing discussions with Water loo Regional Police Service and Water loo Regional EMS regarding the consolidation of emergency dispatch.

“As Fire Chief, I have sat on a committee chaired by retired Police Chief Larry Gravill that has been studying emergency dispatch as one of the recommendations to come out of the Waterloo Regional Airport helicopter crash Post Incident Review. It has become apparent to all of the Emergency Service Chiefs of the region that a fully consolidated and integrated Emergency Dispatch Centre for the Region of Water loo is the best step forward for both the citizens of the Region and the emergency responders,” says Cambridge Fire Chief Bill Chesney.

Chesney adds, “When a citizen of Cambridge is having what could be the worst day of their life (a fire or medical emergency), he or she deserves the best service possible. A fully integrated and consolidated Emergency Dispatch Centre would be capable of answering all 9-1-1 calls without having to transfer the caller or caller information to multiple dispatch centres. This fully integrated system will help ensure the arrival of the most appropriate and best prepared responders to where they are needed in the shortest time possible.”

The integration and consolidation of the Region’s Emergency Dispatch Centre will require a lot of commitment from many different organizations within the region and will not be without a multitude of challenges. “The citizens of Cambridge and the greater regional community deserve the best response possible to their emergency and I believe this is the right time to move ahead ahead with this initiative.”

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