It's 9:30 AM on Tuesday. The sun is out, no clouds in the sky, kids are all in class and accounted for, with the exception of a few stragglers out in the hallway. Yesterday was the last day of Mrs. Parker's 10-day master cleanse, so she's feeling like a million bucks. Mr. Edwards was running late and had to skip breakfast, so he's in a mood. It's a pretty awesome Tuesday for everyone at school, with the exception of Mr. Edwards. Even the Custodian is whistling his usual exuberant melodies.
Principal Johnson is finishing her coffee, catching up on some emails when she gets a call from Mrs. Parker, the chemistry teacher on the other side of campus. One of her students had an accident during a lab and started a fire that is getting out of control. Both the student and his lab partner also sustained serious injuries that require immediate attention. While Mrs. Parker triggers the fire alarm and helps everyone evacuate the building, Principal Johnson calls 911 and waits out front for the emergency responders to arrive.
Firemen arrive, head straight toward the smoke, and begin putting out the fire. Principal Johnson receives the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at the front of the school and rushes with them to the injured students' presumed location. Only one of the injured students is found with Mrs. Parker. The other student went to seek the help of Mr. Edwards who, back in his day, was an always-prepared boy scout and happened to have a first aid kit handy. After a few more minutes of searching, the EMTs finally located the other injured student and rushed the two of them to the hospital.
Throughout the incident, there was no communication between responders, teachers, and the afflicted. The whole time, Principal Johnson worried about the safety of her students and teachers, counting on everyone to remember the fire drill procedures and just hoping that nothing else would go wrong during the evacuation. Mrs. Parker would have loved to know exactly how far away the EMTs were; she had to choose between staying in a conspicuous spot with the one injured student, and leaving to search for the other injured student. It would've been pretty neat if Mr. Edwards was able inform Principal Johnson, the EMTs, and Mrs. Parker of his exact location and his possession of the other injured student. Had there been a more unified communication protocol in place, first responders and teachers would've been able to cut the response time to a fraction of what it was...
Constructing great minds since 1910, Cache County School District is located in a valley that spans over 50 miles. The district serves over 25 schools in over 20 different communities, from Lewiston all the way down past Avon, Utah. First responders overseeing these communities have divided the area, for example, into four different police jurisdictions that are responsible for their safety. With first responders having to cover so much ground to ensure the safety of its nearly 15,900 students and 615 teachers district-wide, every second is crucial in the event of an emergency.
Cache County School District has been seeking a modern, unified approach to emergency protocol for its employees and first responders. Tresit Group's DIR-S ("duress") software met this need and then some. It provided the district with a unified response system that allows everyone involved to effectively communicate, stay fully updated and aware of the situation, and locate those needing assistance in a fraction of the time. With DIR-S, nobody gets left out of the loop.
Three of the district's schools are currently using DIR-S and loving it. Teachers and administrators are excited about it. Emergency responders are thrilled. And we're getting a lot of additional positive feedback!
"This will be the greatest addition to the district." - District Admin.
"I feel safer already." - Cache County Teacher
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