Nova Scotia RCMP to hold Twitter chat

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 Two operators working out of the Nova Scotia RCMP Operational Communications Centre here are set to host a Twitter session this week.

As part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, the RCMP in Nova Scotia will share information on Facebook and Twitter about proper usage of 911. The national week runs until April 19.

Wednesday’s "Ask a Mountie" Twitter session, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature Shayna Currie and Danielle Desjardins, who have been telecommunications operators for 10 years combined. The session will give citizens the opportunity to ask questions about a day in the life of a 911 operator and how to best use the 911 service.

“Telecommunications is a bit of a foreign world for most people,” said Insp. Philip Johnson, officer in charge of the Nova Scotia RCMP Operational Communications Centre, in a press release. “National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is a great opportunity to educate Nova Scotians about 911 and recognize those who work behind the scenes everyday to send out the help people need in times of crisis.”

Citizens are encouraged to check the social media accounts – and @RCMPNS – daily to learn more and along thoughts and questions via Twitter. 

“Calls to 911 often saves lives and we want people to better understand the service and how best to use it,” said Johnson.

People following hashtag #NSMountietalk or @RCMPNS on Twitter will be able to ask questions and interact directly with 911 operators.

The RCMP ask those submitting their questions for their patience in advance as tweet volume can impact response rates by the RCMP.

 You can join the chat by logging onto Twitter and searching the hashtag #NSMountietalk.

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