FARMINGTON – Public schools in Franklin County will be the first in the state to adopt this new emergency response system. It will allow administrators, staff and teachers to call police in an emergency simply with the push of a button.
In the Mount Blue School district, they can only afford to have a school resource officer at the high school. This new app is designed to be a faster way to alert police of an intruder. Farmington Deputy Police Chief Shane Cote told us everyone who works at the school would have this app on their laptops and cell phones. He says if a threat is identified, you just have to hits the button and a message goes out to police. The teacher or staff member could then send messages back and forth with dispatch telling them what’s happening at the school and where.
What’s been happening with the tragedies is all pointing to time. The key thing is time. The sooner you get a first responder in the building to confront the intruder saves lives.
It’s not clear yet if other Maine school districts plan to follow suit. A subscription to the new app will cost about $14-hundred dollars a year per school.