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Regional Leadership Meeting Scheduled for January 30

Emergency Communication Network's next Regional Leadership meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2017 at the MnDOT Conference Center (3725 12th Street North, St. Cloud).

The meetings are held three times per year and are an opportunity for the leadership of each region to share and learn from one another. Although we do set an agenda, it is a work in progress and your ideas for discussion are always welcome. We hope regional leaders -- both formal and informal -- can set aside time to take part in this event.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Jim Stromberg at

911 Connections with Neighboring States

911 Dispatch FloorThe development of Minnesota’s Next Generation 911 (NG911) backbone provides many new opportunities for life-saving technology, not only within our state, but across borders as well. DPS-ECN 911 recently worked with our partners in North Dakota, Iowa and South Dakota to identify ways to connect their respective NG911 systems seamlessly. 911 Program Manager Dana Wahlberg is working to document technical and operational challenges of  connecting Minnesota’s network in the NG911 Interstate Playbook. That information will be shared between states as Minnesota and its neighbors work to interconnect NG911 across borders to offer a superior service.

Read more about the NG911 Interstate Playbook.  


The snow struggle is real without FirstNet

Whether its lake effect snow or a blizzard, winter storms provide a variety of challenges for the general public and first responders alike in Minnesota. From an increase in crashes, to roof collapses, to search and rescue operations, emergency personnel are often stretched thin. Add communication and situational awareness struggles into the mix and first responders might find themselves flying blind. FirstNet could help alleviate those challenges by providing responders with the visual and communication technology needed to transmit life-saving data. Watch how it could have helped New York’s Niagara County Sheriff’s Office during a 2014 storm.


2017 Tribal Nations Training Week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will be hosting the 2017 Tribal Nations Training Week during the week of March 19-25, 2017 on the CDP campus in Anniston, AL. CDP training is completely funded for state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training and any equipment required during training. 

Click 2017 Tribal Nations Training Week - CDP.pdf2017 Tribal Nations Training Week - CDP.pdf for additional info.