FastPath Cuts Emergency Response Times
LaRue County Schools hosted a training session Thursday for its newly implemented FastPath Hallway Navigation System. The navigation system makes communication between schools and public safety agencies more efficient and cuts the time it takes first responders to get to the exact scene of an emergency.
FastPath entails labeling all hallways with reflective signs — visible in the dark or heavy smoke — as well as labeling exterior doors and windows in every room. Dispatchers, law enforcement agencies and other first responders have corresponding diagrams each of the district’s four schools.
The signs are designed to allow emergency responders who are unfamiliar with a building to interpret information while running. For example, red indicates a dead end hallway. If signs are on the right, you’re moving away from the building’s front doors; if signs are on the left, you’re moving toward the building’s front doors.
“As first responders, we don’t know what the science hallway looks like,” said Montey Chappell, a Franklin County School Resource Deputy who developed the FastPath system six years ago. “We’re bringing the schools a language that first responders understand.”
Chappell’s company, R6, has implemented the system in 14 Kentucky school districts.
In an active shooter drill held Thursday at the high school, it took 6 minutes and 15 seconds for first responders to neutralize the threat without using FastPath. With FastPath, it took 3 minutes and 16 seconds.
Superintendent David Raleigh said school safety is a top priority for staff, parents, students and the entire LaRue County community, and FastPath makes all LaRue County Schools safer.
“Whether it’s a child having a seizure, a fire, or an armed intruder, our schools and our first responders can resolve the emergency faster with FastPath,” he said.
Raleigh also expressed gratitude for local first responders, noting many serve on the district’s school safety task force. Representatives of Kentucky State Police, LaRue County Sheriff’s Department, Hodgenville Police Department, Hodgenville and LaRue County fire departments, LaRue County EMS as well as dispatchers attended the FastPath training.
“This is a true community partnership,” Raleigh said. “One school administrator or one law enforcement agency won’t make our schools safer, but when we all work together, we make our schools even safer places for our students.”