PAECC aren't the only ones who have to get new equipment. Regional Communications in Regina would need P25 upgrades for the South Saskatchewan EMS and Fire services they dispatch. MD Ambulance in Saskatoon would also need to upgrade their equipment.
That's interesting. Do you have any document that supports the moving of all dispatch to PA? I'm not doubting you, I just want to look more into this personally. I couldn't really see Regional Communications being shut down in the next 3-5 years when they just had upgrades not to long ago.I was talking with local EMS / EMO / FIRE about the move to the P25 radio system and I was told about the upgrades that must be done. Provincial Public Safety is located in PA. The plan is to do all the dispatching for the province from that location.The others will be shut down over a 3 to 5 year time frame. Saskatoon Regina and Moosejaw citys will keep their dipatch centres and so will the RCMP and SaskPower. We must also remember that politics may change these plans. Jobs will be lost and people will have to move to PA to keep their jobs. There is a shortage of dispatchers in this province right now. The city of PA police are looking for dispatchers now and just can not get any.
I took a look at the report and that was actually an interesting read and overview of all EMS. Thanks for the link, mobile1.Just do a Google search for: Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services EMS Review Final Report 2009. It sounded to me like this maybe what they based their information on. They said that the Regional Dispatch Centres had not been upgraded at this time so there is no need to rush out and get new P25 radios and that there were only plans to upgrade PA Dispatch next year. Could you have a look around in Regina's Dispatch Centre and see if they are ready or not? EMS Report link: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Review - Health -
I agree, the report was very informative. On all levels.This was just a report. What their plans are and what they will do about it is not clear at this point. I found the information about dispatching on pages # 12+13 "some viability" and "challenged relationship between CPSP + EMS" / 28+29 "five dispatch centres that are not linked" and "no real time AVL or GPS" / 38+39 / 52 and 66 to be the most informative. I never knew PSAP handled most of the calls and then sends the information to the others. I can now understand why there should be just one large 911 call centre for the whole province.