View Royal and Colwood make smooth switch to Saanich fire dispatch

As of 10 a.m. on May 23 both Colwood and View Royal fire departments made the switch from Langford to the Saanich fire dispatch service.

As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23 both the Colwood and View Royal fire departments made the switch from Langford to the Saanich fire dispatch service.

The switch went smoothly and within hours of the changeover several emergency calls had been taken by Saanich and “seamlessly dispatched to the two municipal fire departments under the new system,” said a statement from the City of Colwood.

The two municipalities decided to change dispatch services earlier this year, citing dissatisfaction with the Langford dispatch, which is under the purview of the Capital Regional District. Colwood and View Royal had been with Langford dispatch for nearly 25 years. A five-year contract with Saanich will increase costs for the municipalities but having access to more advanced technology in Saanich makes it worthwhile, proponents say.

“This progressive move to a modern dispatch centre at a responsible cost to our taxpayers will improve fire department response efficiencies,” stated Colwood fire chief Russ Cameron.

The move comes with some controversy as the CRD looks to upgrade the facilities in Langford at an estimated cost of $100,000 – an initiative Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton has openly opposed.

Langford councillor Denise Blackwell has said it’s “unfortunate” View Royal and Colwood decided to switch dispatches and not wait for the upgrades.

Langford dispatch services 16 fire departments including Metchosin, Highlands, Sooke and Port Renfrew, along with a number of Gulf Islands.

news@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Victoria seniors want to know more about marijuana

Four presentations on the medical properties of cannabis for seniors come to Victoria

Rickter Scale: California Dreaming with Steve Shutt

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column in the Goldstream News Gazette

Victoria gears up to axe free parking on Sundays

Council vote puts Sunday parking fees towards bus passes for youth

Oak Bay one step closer to deer immunocontraceptive test

Up to 80 deer could be given ‘birth control’ vaccine in the fall

Black Press readers share photos of their favourite critters on #LoveYourPetDay

Greater Victoria is raining cats and dogs…and snails and goats

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Nanaimo edges Royal Bay by one point to win Vancouver Island AAA girls basketball title

Nanaimo District Secondary School wins first AAA girls’ Island title in 29 years

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Most Read