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Summer 2015

Photo collage of E-Comm calltaker and first responders

Federal radio spectrum allocation great news for public safety

First responders and public safety organizations across the country welcomed the Federal Government’s recent budget announcement to designate an additional 10 MHz of radio spectrum and $3 million to begin developing a broadband wireless network dedicated to public safety. This means a full 20 MHz of Canada’s 700 MHz broadband spectrum is being allocated exclusively for the establishment of a national public safety broadband network (PSBN), which will enable secure, high-speed, wireless access to information and multimedia services over a wide area.  Read more »

photo of iPhone using T9-1-1

9-1-1 text service for hearing/speech impaired expands to more communities

Northern Vancouver Island is now the second region in B.C. to provide people with hearing and speech impairments with the ability to communicate with 9-1-1 call-takers through a special text service called T9-1-1. The service is provided by E-Comm—the 9-1-1 answer point serving Comox Valley, Strathcona, Mt. Waddington, Alberni-Clayoquot and Powell River (excluding Lasqueti Island), in addition to a portion of the Nanaimo Regional District (School District 69). Read more »

CEO Update

We were delighted to welcome E-Comm’s shareholders and partners to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June to report back on our 2014 strategic, operational and financial highlights. It was also an opportunity to reflect on the many public safety achievements realized through the support of our partners since our start-up 15 years earlier. From service expansion to technological improvements and a name change, 2014 was another year of transformation and growth for E-Comm. Read more »

Photo of Chief Bob Fulton and Captain Shaun Sweeney (Squamish Fire Rescue) with E-Comm Fire Technology & GIS Manager Rob Darts.

“Burning the box” at the BC Fire Conference and Expo

Fire experts and public safety organizations from across the province gathered in Penticton in June for the annual Fire Chiefs Association of BC Conference and Expo, to discuss new and innovative ways of improving firefighter safety and protecting communities. The theme for the event was aptly named “Burning the Box,” a way of challenging participants to go beyond just thinking “outside the box.” Read more »

Photo of YVR emergency response exercise “Gemini”

Emergency response exercise “Gemini” takes off at YVR

Vancouver Airport Authority’s largest training initiative to date was held in the Spring, and involved more than 600 participants and 27 agencies including first responders, Airport Authority staff, business partners and social services along with representatives from E-Comm’s operations and communications departments. Read more »

Members of the Interoperability Working Group

Interoperability Working Group plans for the future

  Emergency services within Metro Vancouver have formed a working group composed of representatives from police, fire and ambulance, to establish best practices for radio interoperability in anticipation of the deployment of the region’s new radio system. Interoperability is essential to first responder and public safety because it allows emergency personnel to communicate between jurisdictions, disciplines and varying levels of government using a variety of systems. Read more »