The Briefings at Columbine: SchoolSAFE Panel

The Briefings, A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine High School, invited SchoolSAFE Communications to present on the importance of direct communication between schools and first responders.

The symposium was hosted by the I Love U Guys Foundation, a non-profit created to “restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities.”

SchoolSAFE’s presentation featured a perspective on radio communications from a district safety director, sheriff’s office bureau chief, and a boots on the ground responder.

Mike Coleman, with SchoolSAFE, discussed the importance of two-way radio communication and provided information on the difference with and without real time radio communication between schools and first responders.

Tim Moore, a Bureau Chief at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, walked through the time saved during the riveting re-enactment of a bomb scare event in a Douglas County School and the bettered outcome with SchoolSAFE.

Greg Keasling, the Director of Student Services at Pueblo District 70, discussed how he has integrated the importance of communication in his district and how it has changed the culture within the schools. He emphasized the importance of full-scale exercises that include multiple agencies, school personnel, and students, as well as the value of the lessons they learn after each exercise.

Micah Richardson, the Director of Safety and Response at Southeast Christian Church and School in Colorado, as well as a former EMT, discussed the “Response Window,” who is involved, the relationships needed, and the valuable information that is shared prior to entering the emergency situation.

The Briefings, an annual and week-long event, features nationally recognized speakers and experts on school safety and , “examines lessons learned from traumatic events and reveals new preemptive school safety measures.” Attendees included school safety team members, administrators, first responders, victims’ advocates, and volunteers. -SSC

To learn more about the I Love U Guys Foundation, click here