Throughout Cape Breton, all emergency services are controlled through the Enhanced Emergency 911 system from the Regional Communications Centre, supported by the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) which is responsible for search and rescue operations, planning, and preparedness training.
Cape Breton has approximately 53 registered Volunteer Fire Departments, three of which are full-time service fire departments and 50 volunteer departments. Most departments in Cape Breton consist of on-call volunteers where training is mandatory for all members. These services are dispatched through the 911 system and depend on location and capacity.
According to Canadian Business, Cape Breton is also ranked in the top third of “Canada’s Best Places to Live” in 2008 based on the crime rate.
There are two police services offered in Cape Breton and Mulgrave: the Cape Breton Regional Police Services, which service communities in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which has approximately 8 police departments throughout the region. Both the Cape Breton Regional Police and RCMP are dispatched through the 911 system.