Maritimes emergency radio system scrapped
The three Maritime provincial governments have scrapped plans for a shared radio system for emergency responders.
When officials announced the plan more than two years ago, they said it was vital that emergency services be able to communicate with each other.
But New Brunswick’s chief information officer now says the estimated cost of several hundred million dollars is one reason the system will not proceed to tender.
"Cost is always important,” said Christian Couturier. “It is one of several factors we have to take into consideration. But it is one factor."
The system was to be the first of its kind in Canada.
“It gets weighed against the rest. So when we did all of our assessments, cost was certainly part of the decision.”Full story