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EMS Communications Center

State Communications CenterIdaho State EMS Communications Center (StateComm) is an emergency communications center located in Meridian, Idaho. The center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When there is a need for help, StateComm is a radio or phone call away.

StateComm provides emergency dispatch and communications for EMS, Idaho Transportation Department, hazardous material incidents, public health emergencies, AMBER Alerts and many other situations.They are the primary dispatch center for 16 EMS agencies located throughout the state and monitors all radio traffic on EMS Frequency 1 and Frequency 2 and 700 MHz for EMS in districts 1, 3 and 5.

Communication Specialists are certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) providing callers with pre arrival medical assistance until EMS units arrive on scene. StateComm relays patient or scene information, deploys additional resources, and tracks EMS units when their primary dispatch is out of radio contact.

In the event of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) StateComm will provide hospital bed status to the incident commander.

  • Radio/Paging communications statewide, 40 statewide EMS mountaintop base stations.
  • Extensive contact and resource information available 24/7/365
  • Primary state warning point for North American Warning Activation System (NAWAS) part of the Federal Homeland Security system
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS), ability to disseminate emergency alerts or AMBER Alerts via radio and television 
  • Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction contact point    
  • Railroad incidents contact point
  • National Weather Service contact point to disseminate Red Flag (fire) and Weather warnings   
  • Status monitoring of Hospital bed availability and hospital diversions    
  • Status of state highway system conditions   
  • Coordination with multi-agencies during incidents (local, state and federal)
  • Critical equipment/resource location by city and county
  • Direct contact with 44 county sheriff offices and six Idaho State Police regions

State EMS Radio System (F1 and F2) was upgraded to meet narrowband compliance in September 2012.  For additional information contact Robert Hugi, Public Safety Communications at (208) 288-4000.

  • Search and Rescue Teams
  • Idaho Transportation Department
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • EMS Ground and Air
  • Bureau of Homeland Security
  • State Public Health
  • District Public Health
  • State Laboratories
  • Regional Response Hazmat Teams
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Department of Agriculture
  • State Aeronautics