The Buckeye Local School District is beefing up security in each of its schools, making cameras accessible to all of the first responders in Jefferson County.
The NaviGate Prepared system is giving students and staff some extra protection by giving safety forces a bird’s eye view of buildings, classrooms and hallways, should an armed intrusion or other emergency incident occur.
Buckeye Local superintendent, Mark Miller said with 911 having access to the cameras, there will be better communication between with police and first responders.
“They’ll be able to talk to first responders the moment they arrive on scene and they’ll be able to see them,” he said. “Now a shooter might be on the third floor so the police don’t have to mess around going to the first floor, then go start to the third floor and eliminate the threat.”
Getting NaviGate Prepared in the schools came about when Miller attended a meeting where the New Philadelphia based company was introduced. Miller then brought that idea back to the safety director and now the district is moving forward with getting this system implemented in every school.
“This basically put all emergency procedures online and it accessible to all first responders,” safety director Scott Celestin said. “So when they come, they can look online and see first hand what’s happening.”
Only first responders with the school district’s IP address will be able to access the live feed. Officials will be able to view the buildings in real time.
NaviGate Prepared representatives will be onsite March 2nd and 3rd to take panoramic photographs as part of the upgrade.
Miller hopes to have it running by next school year.