The war of words continues between the Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission and Alberta Health Services.

FRESC Vice Chair Jamie Tiessen says he's been told Health Minister Sarah Hoffman continues to "monitor" the situation, but he's not sure what that means.

"FRESC really has no clarity on what this means, nor has AHS or the Minister been in contact with our organization to come up with solutions to deal with the dispatch issues, other than the one's they've discussed in the media."

Tiessen, says AHS is sticking to their guns for central dispatch, even though FRESC has provided what they term as "evidence" that "lives are at risk."

"They seem to want to continue to go down that path, even if it puts people at risk, which is surely disappointing for those first responders on the ground and for the folks dispatching the calls out of our centre, and even the AHS centre."

At issue is FRESC's desire to see 911 dispatch returned to local hands, while the Province and AHS continue to claim the centralized system which sees medical and fire response to the Foothills, dispatched out of Calgary, is working well.

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