News : New Radios to Expedite Emergency Response
Dec 26, 2014 -- The Northridge Local School District has added Multi-Agency Radio Communications System radios in each of its four school buildings for emergency purposes.
The radios will provide a direct link to the new Licking County 911 call center during an emergency, according to Jack Kruse, Northridge technology coordinator.
With the help of Capt. Chris Slayman of the Licking County Sheriff's Office, the installation in each school building was completed Dec. 11 by B&C Communications.
The cost and installation of the radios were financed through a School Security Grant Program established to benefit school districts across the state. The program was created through passage of House Bill 59 in June 2013.
The grant program is being administered by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and authorizes OFCC to reimburse public schools, including community schools, up to $2,000 for one emergency communications system or MARCS.
Each building's radio could communicate directly with 911 operators, allowing faster response time in an emergency, according to Kruse. Each radio has a unique identifier that allows the 911 center to know the location.
Northridge Superintendent Chris Briggs said the district also has continued a partnership with the Licking County Sheriff's Office to have officers and a patrol car on learning campuses during student attendance days.
"Their presence has provided additional security and safety for our students and staff," Briggs said. "We also have installed a buzzer system for all building entrances. Security cameras have been updated in high-traffic areas and are monitored by school administration."
Kruse said Northridge has worked closely with Slayman and the 911 center.
He said the door-buzzer systems allow the building secretary to see who's trying to enter the building.
"So all doors are locked and that door can be opened remotely from the secretary's desk," Kruse said. "In partnership with the Licking County sheriff, we currently have a deputy sheriff on campus every day. They circulate between the buildings and parking lots throughout the day. We are currently looking at updating the cameras and other security features as some are getting old and new times required changes to existing systems."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Northridge Local School District:
Northridge Local Schools is a school district in Northridge, Ohio, United States.
Published: Monday, December 29, 2014