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MnDOT initiated the FIRST program in December 1987 with three routes covering 40 miles. Since then, the program has expanded and today there are 11 routes covering 220 miles of metro area freeways.

Six to ten brightly colored OSHA-green pickup trucks patrol the freeways from 3:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some limited coverage on the weekends.

FIRST are dispatched by the MnDOT's Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC). Using a Global Positioning System to track vehicles, the dispatcher can find the closest vehicle to an incident so they can respond as quickly as possible.



This image shows the coverage area covered by the FIRST teamWhat FIRST can do