1.921 Emergency Communications (CREST) Regional
The CRD annually contributes funding towards the general operating/capital costs of the region's public safety radio system (CREST). Capital Region Emergency Services Telecommunications Inc. (CREST) is a non-profit corporation established under the Emergency Communications Corporation Act. CREST shareholders are:
- Each municipality in the CRD
- BC Ambulance
- BC Transit
- The Province of BC
- The RCMP
- The CRD
The CRD also raises funds for the area specific operations/capital costs within each of the 3 electoral areas through separate services (see 1.923, 1.924, 1.925).
In June 1999, in response to municipal discussions regarding the benefits of a unified system of inter municipal radio communications, the Province granted the CRD the additional power to review and make recommendations to appropriate agencies concerning the operation of emergency radio and electronic communications services for the Capital Regional District.
In July 1999, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No 2703, Emergency Radio and Electronic Communications Systems Advisory Extended Service Establishment Bylaw No 1, 1999. As a result of the work completed under this authority, in June 2000, the Province granted the CRD the additional power to provide an emergency communications service or to make contributions towards the cost of an emergency communications service operated by another person or organization.
In July 2001, with approval of all CRD Municipal Councils & Electoral Area Directors, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No 2891,Capital Regional District Service of Emergency Communications Service Establishment Bylaw No 1, 2001, which established a service of emergency communications, including contributions towards the cost of an emergency communication service operated by another person or organization. The CRD Board also adopted Bylaw No 2893, CREST Members' Agreement Bylaw No. 1, 2001 which authorized the Board to enter into an agreement for Membership with CREST. The service continues to be provided by Bylaw No 2891.
CREST shareholders owning one share each are: each municipality in the CRD, BC Ambulance, BC Transit, the Province of BC, the RCMP, and the CRD owns three shares. The CRD Board appoints three directors (each individual representing one of the three electoral areas) to the CREST board. The CRD also appoints three member representatives (usually the three Electoral Area Directors) to represent the CRD and vote at shareholder meetings.
The budget for this service is established through an annual CRD Financial Planning process, and is funded by an annual property value tax levied throughout the capital region.