Welcome guest blogger Micah Richardson, Director of Security and Operations at SE Christian Church and School and a customer of SchoolSAFE Communications, a Motorola Solutions partner.
This past June, The Briefings, A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine High School, invited SchoolSAFE Communications to present on the importance of direct communication with first responders.
The symposium was hosted by the I Love You 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 radio communications from the perspective of 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 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 and the value of the lessons they learn after each exercise.
- As the Director of Safety and Response at Southeast Christian Church and School in Colorado, as well as a former EMT, I 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 is an annual and week-long event, featuring nationally recognized speakers and experts on school safety, “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.