Residents in Pellatt, Pelican, Umbach and Gidley are now able to dial 911 for police, ambulance or fire emergencies. Signage of new addresses in the unincorporated townships have also been added for the areas.

The Pellatt United Firefighters say that many seasonal residents were unaware that they could not dial 911 with any certainty, and often used Winnipeg-based cell phones to call - which would lead to a dispatch centre out of Brandon, Manitoba.

While Brandon’s dispatch was able to redirect the calls, the new, enhanced 911 capabilities for the area will help to speed up response times by directing calls to the local dispatch centre.

“The LSB Board is very proud that we were able to add this important service for our community,” said Local Services Board Chairman, Barry Baltessen. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the local volunteers who invested their time and energy to complete all of the field work which included pounding in the new signs.”

The PPUG Local Services Board began the process to make these services available in 2014, which included information sessions and a vote in 2015 to add the power of emergency communications. Approval was received for the initiative from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines in late 2016.

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