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SE MN Regional Radio Users Group
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Olmsted County Work Release Classroom, Rochester, MN

Attendance:   Quorum present   (17persons attending)

Members present:
Rick Eggert, Dodge County
Matt Maas, Dodge County
Paul O’Brien, Hayfield Fire
Chris Nelson, Hayfield Ambulance
Donovan Hauge, Mayo EMS – Freeborn County
Jeff McCormick, Cannon Falls Police
Scott Myers, Red Wing Fire
Lyle Schumann
Brenda Wodele, Wabasha Co Emergency Management
Joel Corcoran, Winona Fire
Karla Eppler, Winona Ambulance
Mike Peterson, Winona Co PSAP
Melissa Burns, Rochester
Eric Kerska, Rochester Fire
Dave Thompson, Rochester PD
Jack Waletzki, Olmsted Public Works
John Rowan, Rice County
Kari Tompkins, MPS Rochester
Joe Immermann, Regional Health Care Preparedness Coordinator


Agenda Details:

1. Call Meeting to Order at 6:35pm

2. Talk Group Mapping – continued discussion from previous meeting
A. SE Region talk group
The members discussed the need for simplicity and versatility of the regional talk group.  The debate focused on if specific discipline talk groups were needed.  The group then did a table top exercise of the fire at St. Charles from both the current VHF/800 mix and from a full 800 usage. The members present agreed that the benefits of the 800 system’s flexibility were apparent.  It was the feeling of the group that the more non-specific talk groups the better, as it increased the flexibility of the system.  While the system is designed to handle the large events, the same usage can occur on smaller scale events.  The group then developed the regional fleet map design below.

SE Regional Talk Group:
Knob Position Name
1   Local County Main (specific for the users of that County)
2   SE911 – Regional Hailing (monitored by all PSAPs)
3   SE Ops 3
4   SE Ops 4
5   SE Ops 5
6   SE Ops 6
7   SE Ops 7
8   SE Ops 8
9   SE Ops 9
10   SE Ops 10
11   SE Talk 11
12   SE Talk 12
13   SE Talk 13
14   SOA A-1
15   SOA A-2
16   Local County Main (specific for the users of that County)

A motion was made by Joel Corcoran and seconded by Scott Meyers that the Regional Talk Group created be the proposed regional talk group.  The motion passed on a voice vote unanimously.

The group understood that this is a change from the current format that was used in the metro and that existing radios would need to be changed, if this plan is accepted by the RRB.  It was felt that the existing radios could be transitioned in phases as they are handled for optimization, but new radios coming into use could be programmed in the new format.

The recommended SE Regional Talk Group will be sent to the RAC for review and RRB for consideration as the standard used.

3. New Business - None

4. Adjourned at 8:13pm


Next Meeting: 

       When:    Tuesday August 25, 2009 
       Time:     6:30pm – 8:00pm
       Place:  Olmsted County Work Release Classroom
        140 4th St SE, Rochester, MN



Minutes prepared by: Jeff McCormick

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