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It’s a lifeline we’ve come to depend on. There are entire generations of Americans that can’t remember a time before 911 was available. As young children, we were taught how to dial those three numbers when we needed help. And today, public safety across the nation are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first 911 call. The historic event happened in Haleyville, Alabama. And in the years that followed, the service became available nationwide. Since then, 911 technology has evolved in Minnesota with a focus on keeping up with the technology at our fingertips as well as meeting the needs of the public. That is why Minnesota has become an early adopter of Next Generation 911 technology such as:
Read more about the history of 911 in Minnesota.
When a large event comes to town, plenty takes place behind-the-scenes to make it a success. For ECN during the Super Bowl, that included providing equipment from Strategic Technology Reserves to city, county, state and federal public safety agencies. The equipment included radios for Minnesota’s ARMER (Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response) system, along with chargers and batteries to run them. They may look like walkie-talkies to the average person. But, these ARMER radios have designated and secure channels so personnel from the TSA, National Guard and law enforcement could exchange vital information at a moment’s notice. ARMER radios were used in the following locations for the Super Bowl:
Mark your calendars for the 9th annual Minnesota Public Safety Communications Conference scheduled for April 23 - 25, 2018. We will again convene at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center for three days of learning and networking. Registration is expected to open on March 15th.
More information is available at the registration website.
Video Description: After three years of diligent work with various stakeholders, the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Communication Networks division announces the statewide availability of Text-to-911.