The Provincial Public Safety Telecommunication Network

After extensive study, SaskPower reached an agreement with the former Ministry of Corrections and Public Safety and the RCMP, that is “The Provincial Public Safety Telecommunications Network (PPSTN)” – a public safety radio network managed through the partnership between the three entities. PPTSN provides public safety organizations, such as fire departments, police services, emergency medical services, emergency preparedness and rescue groups with interoperable radio communications that facilitates effective communication between these organizations during times of emergency.

The growing network of nearly 8,000 radios includes 260 ‘repeater sites’, which enable signals to be transmitted and received over a wide area.

SaskPower‘s fibre optic network serves as the backbone of the system. Originally developed to improve communications reliability between SaskPower power plants and centralized control facilities in Regina, this 2,700 kilometre network, along with electrical power provided by SaskPower to the repeater sites, allows network to remain reliable.

A partnership between three large organizations that includes new, shared responsibilities is a significant undertaking. SaskPower is proud to say that the province is a safer place because of the PPSTN and this partnership.

PPSTN is unique since it was the first province-wide, fully-operational and interoperable network in the country.