Radio Communications and Mutual Aid Agreements
Radio Communication Frequency
Since the opening of the Dakota Communications Center (DCC) in 2007, the Inver Grove Heights Fire Department has operated on the 800 MHz digital radio system that is consistent throughout Dakota County. The 800 MHz system allows interoperability between fire, police, and EMS units operating in multiple jurisdictions. Often, this frequency can even stretch across county lines, as many agencies in Dakota County operate alongside our bordering counties.
The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department communicates with DCC on the East Fire Main channel and is assigned two operations channels. IF OP 2 is the on-scene operations channel used by the Inver Grove Heights Fire Department, and IF OP 3 is typically used as a training channel. The county maintains several “Fireground” channels that can be patched into Ops channels for interoperability with mutual aid agencies.
The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department operates on a tiered alarm response system with predetermined companies being assigned to a given incident. These units may change based on resource availability, geographic location of an incident, or incident volume at any given time.
Mutual Aid Partnerships
The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department maintains mutual aid agreements with all its surrounding neighbors within two counties, including public and private entities. These mutual aid agreements are maintained through the Dakota County Fire Chiefs Association and the Wakota Mutual Aid Fire Association.
Its most dynamic mutual aid partnership is with the South Metro Fire Department. A Ladder Company from Inver Grove Heights is built into the first alarm assignment for any working structure fire in South St. Paul and for any working structure fire in most of West St. Paul. An additional Engine Company from Inver Grove Heights is built into the third alarm assignment for the same incidents. In return, an Engine Company from South Metro is built into any working structure fire assignment along the northern border of the city of Inver Grove Heights. The two departments also work and train together to provide protection for the many combined miles of the Mississippi River that border the eastern edge of both departments’ response areas.
The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department also maintains automatic mutual aid agreements with the Eagan and Rosemount Fire Departments to provide additional resources to any working structure fires in the city’s South End.