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:
The Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks division encourages Minnesota’s public safety community to complete the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey.
The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) is a nationwide effort to obtain critical information that will ultimately drive our nation’s emergency communication policies, programs and funding. The SNS is directed at emergency response organizations with a public safety-related mission in law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services, and public safety answering points and communications centers.
Watch this SNS video to learn more.
A link to the SNS can be found on the SAFECOM website. The survey will be available into February 2018 to ensure agencies have enough time to participate.