Grayson County Schools, along with local law enforcement agencies, have teamed up to implement a new system which will help first responders to locate victims more quickly in the case of an in-school emergency during which paramedics, firefighters or police officers may need to locate a room as quickly as possible.
The new system, “FastPath,” was designed by Franklin County School Resource Officer Montey Chappel, and has already been introduced to other Kentucky schools with great success. Grayson County first responders are excited to now have this tool available to them as well.
“Ultimately, this system is designed to save lives,” said Sheriff Norman Chaffins. “In an emergency situation, such as a school shooting, every second counts. If we can implement a system that will reduce the response time by several minutes, then it is likely lives will be saved. This system allows first responders to navigate more quickly in unfamiliar territory”
Chaffins had the opportunity to test out the system in a Warren County School as part of a training program during his recent stint as School Resource Officer for Grayson County High School.
Having never been to the school before, Chaffins was asked to locate a particular classroom – the task took several minutes in the unfamiliar building.
Next, Chaffins was given a quick explanation of the FastPath signage in the school and then asked to locate a different room. This time, he found the room in less than 20 seconds, using the FastPath system.
Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson said of the program, “this system enhances the safety of our kids and our school staff.” He added, “Most of the officers in Grayson County have a vested interest in the safety of our schools because our children attend here as well.”
“The best case scenario is that we never have to use this system and that the signs are just there to help with training officers on active shooter scenarios,” Chaffins said. He went on to explain, “This is just one way law enforcement and other first responders can be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to dealing with emergencies in our schools. Soon, all first responders will be trained on this system and parents and caretakers can rest assured that their tax dollars are being used to enhance their children’s safety”
Grayson County High School is serving as the pilot school for this program in our community. In the coming days, the Grayson County Middle School will be outfitted with the FastPath signs as well.
Chaffins said that he will be working with Grayson County Schools’ Safety and Transportation Director Braxton Allen to equip all local public schools with the system within one year.
According to the FastPath website, the system is not only for use in schools, but could be beneficial in any setting – such as hospitals or businesses – where first responders could potentially have a difficult time locating rooms with ease.
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.