The Statewide Emergency Communications Board was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2004 to implement the Statewide Interoperable Public Safety Radio and Communication System Plan. That plan evolved out of the implementation of a regionwide interoperable radio system in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area in 2001.
At the time the Statewide Emergency Communications Board was created, the Statewide Interoperable Public Safety Radio and Communication System was given the name of Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER).
2013 legislation expanded and updated the authority of the Statewide Radio Board to include the latest emergency communication technologies. That same legislation authorized the Statewide Radio Board to elect to become a statewide emergency communication board which it did that year.
Changes to the composition of the board were made in 2005 (Minn. Laws. Chap. 156 Art 5 Sec. 21); in 2006 (2006 Minn. Laws Chap. 230 Sec. 1 and 2006 Minn. Laws Chap. 260 Art. 6 Sec. 19); and in 2013 (Minn. Laws 2013 Chap. 134 Sect. 27).