Norman County Gets Grant to Equip First Responders with ARMER Radios

Norman County Gets Grant to Equip First Responders with ARMER Radios

December 4, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (12/4/20)

Ada, MN — First responders in Norman County will now be able to more efficiently communicate with other agencies thanks to a grant equipping them with ARMER radios. As more and more agencies switch over to the system, it can be difficult to coordinate with other fire departments and EMS when working together on mutual assistance calls. So when Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton saw an opportunity for the area departments to get equipped with the Armer radio systems, he jumped on the opportunity.

At a cost of more than $3,000 per radio, each city will save between $20,000 and $30,000 not including installation and training, which Sheriff Thornton says they need to do by the end of the 2020 year. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, ARMER was first built in the Twin Cities in 2004, then moved to St. Cloud and Rochester, and has since migrated throughout the rest of Minnesota. ARMER currently serves as the primary communications tool for the majority of state, county and local public safety entities in Minnesota.