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12.27 MUTUAL AID, ARRANGEMENTS.
    Subdivision 1. Authority; organizations in Minnesota. The director of each local
organization for emergency management may, in collaboration with other public and private
agencies within this state, develop or cause to be developed mutual aid arrangements for reciprocal
emergency management aid and assistance in an emergency or disaster too great to be dealt with
unassisted. These arrangements must be consistent with the local emergency operations plan and,
in time of emergency, each local organization for emergency management and its members shall
render assistance in accordance with the provisions of the mutual aid arrangements.
    Subd. 2. Authority; organizations in other states. The state director or the director of each
local organization for emergency management may, subject to the approval of the governor, enter
into mutual aid arrangements with emergency management agencies or organizations in other
states for reciprocal emergency management aid and assistance in case of disaster too great
to be dealt with unassisted.
    Subd. 2a. Authority; organizations in Canadian provinces. Subject to the approval of the
governor, the state director may enter into mutual aid agreements with emergency management
agencies or organizations in Canadian provinces for reciprocal emergency management aid and
assistance in case of disaster too great to be dealt with unassisted.
    Subd. 3. Local delegation of authority. (a) No later than 90 days after August 1, 1996, the
governing body of a political subdivision shall designate a city administrator or manager, public
safety director, police chief, fire chief, public works director, or other officer who, exercising
discretion and considering the needs of the political subdivision and its inhabitants, may dispatch
equipment and personnel as considered necessary if a danger of fire, hazard, casualty, or another
similar occurrence exists outside the political subdivision and by its suddenness it would be
impractical for the governing body itself to authorize the dispatch of equipment and personnel to
combat that emergency or disaster.
(b) Action under this subdivision is an act of the political subdivision. All provisions
for compensation of personnel, rental of equipment, liability insurance coverage, workers'
compensation insurance, and other matters pertaining to the political subdivision, its equipment,
and personnel, apply in each case as if specifically authorized and directed.
(c) The officer shall end the use of equipment and personnel when the need no longer exists
or earlier at the officer's discretion if it appears to be in the best interest of the political subdivision.
    Subd. 4. Providing assistance to another state. At the request of another state, the
governor, exercising discretion and considering the needs of this state and its inhabitants, may
dispatch state equipment and personnel as deemed necessary if there is an emergency or disaster
outside of this state.
The governor shall end the use of equipment and personnel when the need no longer exists
or earlier at the governor's discretion if it appears to be in the best interest of the state.
History: 1951 c 694 s 207; 1988 c 422 s 1; 1996 c 344 s 16