Mdewakanton Public Safety
Mdewakanton Public Safety is a full-time, professional fire and ambulance department staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As an exercise of governmental authority Mdewakanton Public Safety serves Community members, guests and patrons of the Community, and residents of nearby communities by request through mutual aid agreements. Each month the department responds to an average of 140 calls with 60 medical transports.
Several times a year Mdewakanton Public Safety conducts trainings to enhance readiness. During several mock crashes over the years, staff from Mdewakanton Public Safety participated along with the Minnesota State Patrol, Shakopee Police and Fire Departments, Allina, North Memorial Medical Center’s Air Care helicopter, and the City of Prior Lake Police and Fire Departments.
Mdewakanton Public Safety also provides emergency medical training including Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), First Responder, and American Heart Association CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) classes.
The SMSC's AED donation program is administered by Mdewakanton Public Safety. To date, hundreds of AEDs have been donated to civic organizations, governmental bodies, schools, and in hundreds of locations throughout the state of Minnesota, including all Minnesota State Patrol vehicles.
The SMSC Mobile Unit is equipped as a state-of-the-art medical and dental clinic. It can also serve as an Emergency Command Center under the direction of Mdewakanton Public Safety personnel.
Mdewakanton Public Safety is but one example of how the SMSC is reinvesting in its Community. The Tribal government is constantly seeking ways to direct portions of the tribal gaming revenues back into the reservation and surrounding community.