9-1-1 Awareness Week Proclaimed By Regional Council
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 19, 2010) – Peel Regional Council has proclaimed Dec. 13 to 17 as 9-1-1 Awareness Week to educate and remind residents about the appropriate use of 9-1-1.
In 2009, emergency communicators responded to 311,909 calls to 9-1-1, ensuring necessary emergency services were provided to residents across Peel.
“It is very important that residents only dial 9-1-1 for emergencies that are life threatening such as a fire, crime in progress or medical emergency,” said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. “With the community’s help in the proper use of 9-1-1, Peel’s emergency communicators and services can provide quick and efficient service in situations where every second counts.”
For residents in Peel who do not speak English, emergency communicators quickly connect to a 9-1-1 telephone translation service that is available in over 150 different languages. 9-1-1 is available to all residents in the Region of Peel.
Residents are encouraged to contact their cellular or Internet service provider if unsure about how 9-1-1 works with a particular communication device (e.g. cell phone or blackberry).
For non-emergencies, when the safety of people or property is not at immediate risk, residents are asked to call their local police, fire or paramedic service. Visit Facts and Tips at peelregion.ca/911 for a list of non-emergency numbers.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.