Truro Firefighters Association supports keeping Operational Communication Centre open in Truro

The Truro Firefighters Association is supporting the efforts of Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey to keep Truro's Operational Communications Centre (OCC) open.

After years of speculation, the RCMP met with OCC staff and local elected officials earlier this month to inform them that operations would transfer to Dartmouth by February 2021.

The move would eliminate 55 jobs from the Truro area and mean that the two largest police communications 911 systems and "H" Division Headquarters would be grouped within a few blocks.

In a letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale this week, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1627 President Maurice Colpitts says they share Casey's concerns about grouping everything so close.

Colpitts says communication between the public and first responders is key to a timely response, and a disruption in communications could have devastating results for those requiring assistance.

The RCMP's own 2004 report strongly recommended separate dispatch operations be located at least 100 km apart in case of a disaster that leaves one inoperable.