What is the Bloomington Communications Group?
The Bloomington Communications Group is comprised of volunteer amateur radio operators. The BCG's served agencies are the Bloomington Police Department and Bloomington Fire Department. The members provide the Police and Fire Departments with additional communications during special community events, such as Summer Fete, National Night Out and River Rendezvous. You can learn more about these events by visiting our Community page.
The Bloomington Communications Group operates a Skywarn Center that is located in the Bloomington Police Department. Throughout the spring and summer, the group is on-call; ready to report for duty should damaging storms threaten. During severe weather, Skywarn Spotters from across the metropolitan area report weather observations to the Bloomington Skywarn Center via amateur radio. BCG volunteers relay these reports to the U.S. Weather Bureau located in Chanhassen. Weather spotter observations provide details that cannot be detected with radar and other weather-monitoring devices.
The Bloomington Communications Group also provides emergency communications when phone and other communication modes are not functioning or are unable to meet the needs. Each member of the group uses their equipment and volunteers their time.
If you are a licensed amateur radio operator and are interested in becoming a member of the Bloomington Communications Group, please complete the form on our Contact page.
Metro Skywarn Weather Spotter Training Scheduled for Bloomington
Metro Skywarn Weather Spotter Training will be held in Bloomington on Saturday,
April 5, 2014 from 8 AM - Noon at Fire Station #1 (corner of 95th St. & Nicollet
Ave. S.). Please click here for the complete list of all scheduled metro area locations, dates, and times.