Reporting fire emergencies in Yukon communities now easier with dispatch centre

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If you build it, they will call.

That’s according to Warren Zakus, the owner of Dimension Tech Services.

Zakus’s company built Delta 1 Fire Dispatch centre a year and a half ago to improve fire dispatch services in Yukon’s rural communities.

Previously, when rural Yukon residents called 911 to request fire services, he said, people would get patched through to a volunteer firefighter who would be using a portable radio.

“Of course, when you’re talking on the radio only one person can talk at a time,” Zakus said. “It made for very difficult communication.”

Callers trying to report a fire emergency also sometimes faced the issue of no available local responders to answer the call.

Now, when

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