Solution

Each patrol car, fire engine, and ambulance has a two-way radio installed to allow rapid communications between these first responders and their dispatch center or Public Safely Answering Point (PSAP, where 9-1-1 calls are answered) to control and coordinate their safety and lifesaving actions. Most officers and firemen also carry a handheld radio on the same radio system. SchoolSAFE is the exact same type of public safety radio, and a second radio associated with the communications used within the school.

SchoolSAFE provides digital signaling, a method of bridging these two radios together to allow school personnel carrying radios within the school to talk directly with first responders.

School personnel located near the incident can provide real time information about the situation to assist rapid and succinct actions by the first responders. Not only can the school call the public safely field units on the radio, but the PSAP dispatch or responders can also call the school to alert them to lock their doors or take other emergency precautions based on the incidents outside the school. This will prevent unanswered phone calls or other failures.

The school administrators or school security personnel can constantly monitor the radio bridge for this activity.

School staff or security responds to an incident. After calling the 9-1-1 center, more information is needed. No one now is answering the phone back at the school. How do the first responders know the latest location information or status of the incident?