Colorado State University - Pueblo featured in 3D TV special for school safety system
PUEBLO – An upcoming report from the School Safety Summit (www.SchoolSafetySummit.org) produced in stereoscopic 3D for 3DTV, will explore a breakthrough school safety system at Colorado State University-Pueblo that allows students in an emergency to speak directly with rescue teams dispatched to the scene.
The television special will feature CSU-Pueblo as the first campus worldwide to provide two-way radio interoperability between students and public safety during a school crisis. The new system is aligned with Colorado Senate Bill 11-173, Interoperable Communications in Schools, which was introduced by State Senator Steve King and signed into law in June.
CSU-Pueblo is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for its students and staff as evidenced by the numerous projects that have been implemented over the last year, including the new radio system, enhanced lighting throughout the campus, new call box towers, and increased partnerships with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
According to CSU-Pueblo Director of Environmental Safety Jason Turner, the university’s new approach to school safety provides first responders with more accurate timely information about a crisis directly from those involved, which allows responders to put into service the appropriate resources. Limited information about an emergency scene often means response agencies bring excess vehicles, equipment, and personnel that could be made available for other emergencies in town.
High visibility and ease-of-use were key factors in the design of the system, called SAFECOM 911, co-developed by the university and SchoolSAFE Communications (www.SchoolSAFECOM.org). By the start of the Fall 2011 semester, Turner will activate 11 strategic outdoor locations on campus which will feature 10-foot-tall emergency two-way radio call box towers. The call units are solar based and environmentally friendly with a 48-hour battery backup.
Turner said the University has eliminated an antiquated call box system that required a separate receiver at dispatch for a system that allows the campus to talk to back to emergency responders. Beacons at the top of the new call box towers make them easy to locate. Students, staff, or visitors needing help now will have immediate access to the Sheriff’s Department’s dispatch channel.
“Within seconds, dispatch can bridge the caller with law enforcement, fire, medical, or emergency management, and virtually any first responder in Colorado,” Turner said. “This capability allows the caller to provide additional information or updates, or to receive instructions on how to save a life, avoid personal injury, or reduce property damage.”
For more information about this project and the community partners involved, visit SchoolSafetySummit.org or contact Turner at 719-549-2211 or Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org