TMTVNEWS.COM, Vancouver, B.C.—To help raise awareness about the impact on emergency services, E-Comm has released a list of the top calls that shouldn’t have been placed to 9-1-1 in 2015.
“We want to remind people about what’s at risk when 9-1-1 is used as an information line or for other reasons that do not meet the test of a true emergency: A police, fire or medical situation that requires immediate action because someone’s health, safety, or property is in jeopardy or a crime is in progress,” explains Jody Robertson, E-Comm’s director of corporate communications.
Almost 3,400 9-1-1 calls flow through E-Comm every day. Robertson says while the majority of people use 9-1-1 responsibly, calls like the ones on this year’s top ten list waste valuable emergency resources by tying up 9-1-1 call-takers’ time.
This year’s top reason not to call 9-1-1? Requesting the number for a local tire dealership.
“My job is to treat every call as an emergency, no matter how illogical it may seem on the surface,” says E-Comm 9-1-1 call-taker Harrison Kwan, recipient of this year’s top nuisance call. “We are trained to ask questions in case a caller is in distress and can’t speak freely. It’s only when I’m completely satisfied that the call is not a real emergency that I can disconnect and go back to answering other 9-1-1 calls. And that takes time.”
2015 top reasons to not call 9-1-1:
1. Requesting the number for a local tire dealership
2. Reporting an issue with a vending machine
3. Asking for the non-emergency line
4. Because a car is parked too close to theirs
5. “My son won’t put his seatbelt on”
6. Coffee shop is refusing to refill coffee
7. Asking if it’s okay to park on the street
8. “My roommate used my toothbrush”
9. Asking for help getting a basketball out of a tree
10. Reporting that their building’s air system is too loud and they can’t sleep
“We hope that our message that 9-1-1 call-takers can’t answer questions or manage non-emergency situations on 9-1-1 lifelines will encourage people to learn more about 9-1-1,” adds Robertson. “There’s lots of information on our web site—ecomm911.ca—about when to use 9-1-1 and when to use non-emergency numbers for police, fire and ambulance, along with easy access to those numbers and free education materials available for order, including learning tools for children.”
Local RCMP & Business goes above and beyond to help get gifts for the children.
TMTVNEWS.COM, Trail BC Canada – (RCMP) On Christmas Eve, members of the Trail Detachment were dispatched to check on the well being of two young girls aged five and nine. The situation lead to the children being apprehended by a social worker and taken to foster care about 10 pm.
Realizing that the children would have no presents for Christmas, two police officers tried to find a store that was open then checked their own homes to try and find suitable gifts. Unable to find anything to place under the Christmas tree, Cst. Elwwod and Cst. Flewelling contacted Craig Lattanville, owner of the Trail Canadian Tire Store to see if he could help. Mr. Lattanville immediately attended the store and opened it up to allow the police officers to do some last minute shopping for the children.
With arms full of presents the officers rushed back to the foster home so the foster mother could wrap the presents for the morning. When the officers returned to Canadian Tire the next day to pay for the shopping spree, Mr. Lattanville would not let them pay and said they were happy to help. The Trail Detachment would like to give a big thank you to these two officers and Craig Lattanville who went above and beyond to ensure that Santa came for two small children.
TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada – (Nelson Fire Rescue) At 2240 hours the Nelson Fire Rescue Services responded to a report of a vehicle over the bank just above Grohman Narrows pond. Both on duty members responded immediately with one additional member responding from home.
When the first crew arrived the lone occupant was still in the vehicle and the vehicle was sitting precariously in the loose rocks above the pond. The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to secure the vehicle to prevent it from rolling over or sliding further down the bank. This was accomplished by securing the vehicle with ropes and a come-along. Once the vehicle was secured a ladder was placed to allow the uninjured occupant to climb back up the bank to the roadway.
Nelson Fire Rescue responded to the incident with one fire engine and the two on duty members. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the RCMP.
Nelson Fire Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to have a fire safe holiday season.
Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries this evening. Periods of snow beginning near midnight. Amount 2 cm. Low minus 6.
Sun, 27 Dec
Periods of snow ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 cm. High minus 1.
Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 4
TMTVNEWS.COM, Snow beginning overnight Sunday.
A pacific frontal system is moving into the southeast interior and will bring snow to the valley bottoms and highway passes Sunday. Currently no Alerts or Warnings in effect but driving could be tricky come Sunday for holiday travellers. Plan ahead before heading out onto the highways.
Weather and travel updates will be provided as necessary.
VANCOUVER – Backers of a proposed ski resort say the decision by British Columbia’s environment minister to stymie the project was inappropriately affected by her friendship with one of the project’s most prominent critics.
Jumbo Glacier Resort has filed documents in B.C. Supreme Court highlighting Environment Minister Mary Polak’s personal relationship with Ktunaxa Nation chair Katherine Tenesse, a long-time opponent of the project.
They allege this impacted her decision not to renew a lapsed environmental assessment certificate for the controversial proponent.
The billion-dollar resort proposed for southeastern B.C. has been decades in the making and sparked fierce opposition from locals, First Nations and environmental groups.
On the morning of Friday, December 25, 2015, people all across Canada will be witness to an event that hasn’t been seen since 1977 – a Christmas Day Full Moon.
From the forecast for who will see snow for Christmas, the country is somewhat divided, but provided there are clear skies, nearly everyone across Canada will be able to see a Christmas Day Full Moon – something that hasn’t graced our skies since the very first Star Wars movie was in theatres for the first time, and won’t be seen again until the year 2034.
What will our skies look like on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning?