emergencies has become more commonplace. In 2002, a statewide communications network was turned up
to serve the communications needs among all first responders in the state. South Dakota was one of the first
statewide systems to employ a trunked digital VHF network, and is now providing service to over 14,000 first
responders with coverage to 97% of the 77,000 square miles of the state over 54 tower sites.
To provide representative oversight for system protocols and operations, an Executive Order creating the
South Dakota Public Safety Communications Council (SDPSCC) was signed by Governor Rounds in 2007.