New Centre Connects Community

Business partnership results in new business hub and innovation centre in North Queens

The North Queens Fire Association (NQFA) and the North Queens Board of Trade (NQBOT) have partnered to build an emergency response facility, business hub and innovation centre for their community. The new centre will provide the area with much-needed infrastructure and technology to enhance community partnerships and business development opportunities.

The newly constructed 14,592 square foot community space will house a main hall with a stage for community events and activities, office space, and a training room with high-speed internet access and digital projection capabilities.

The business hub and innovation centre will offer learning and mentorship opportunities to support current and aspiring entrepreneurs and their small- and medium-sized businesses. It will also provide a venue to train the community in computer technologies, advancing their skills and knowledge in the use of digital tools.

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“911, what is your emergency?”

Nova Scotians heard this comforting phrase more than 230,000 times last year. 911 call takers help people during police, fire or medical emergencies, when help is needed immediately. The province is honouring them during National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, which runs through Saturday, April 19.

“911 call takers play a critical role in protecting the health, safety and property of Nova Scotians,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “They are dedicated people who provide a vital link to emergency services.”

Nova Scotia 911 call takers receive 650 calls per day.

“We are proud to recognize the 80 public safety telecommunicators employed in our Integrated Emergency Services dispatch centre,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais. “These dedicated men and women truly put the first in first responders. They are a voice of calm at the other end of the line for citizens in times of crisis, and offer critical support to emergency personnel.”

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