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Five new 911 call boxes for the Alaska Highway

"A game changer."
The distinctive landscape of the Northern Rockies, with mists moving over large mountains.

Five new roadside emergency call boxes bring expanded access to 911 emergency services, said the provincial government Wednesday.

"Access to 911 services is critical to ensure public safety on highways, especially in rural and remote regions of the province," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens' Services in a statement.  

The call boxes will be installed along the highway between Prophet River and Fort Nelson, and Fort Nelson and the Yukon border, where cell service is unavailable.

Joel McKay, chief executive officer, Northern Development Initiative Trust said the five emergency call boxes throughout the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality's expansive region is a game changer for all those who live and travel in the area.

“The strategic placement of these satellite phones, including near two provincial parks, will significantly increase public safety through improved access to 911, saving valuable time in case of an emergency.”