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Southern Interior cities want cheaper 911 service

911 service costs skyrocket in the southern interior of B.C.(Courtesy CBC)
Cities from Kamloops, through the Okanagan and into the Kootenays subscribe to the regional service.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan in partnership with the Kelowna RCMP administers the emergency 911 call centre for 9 regional districts.

But the RCMP recently stated the cost per 911 operator is going up to almost $126,000, an increase of 42 per cent for the 12 operators on staff.
Dan Ashton, the chair of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, says local governments are looking for cheaper ways to provide the service.

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