Mapping system helps first responders navigate large buildings quickly

FRANKLIN, Ky. – First responders strive to save lives and now a new safety measure being placed inside local school districts is making that a little easier.

This new safety measure is called Fast Path. It’s a way to help first responders and school officials in the event of an emergency.

In an emergency, seconds can mean life or death.

Six years ago, a school resource officer thought of a way to help first responders during emergencies.

“Fast Path is a hallways navigation system. It’s a standard that law enforcement, fire and EMS can navigate the building and communicate in the event of any kind of emergency,” said R6 Counter Assault Systems employee Chris Shelton.

Simpson County Schools recently integrated the program into their buildings.

 “We certainly wanted to look at what can we do to make sure we are as safe as possible, and we looked at several steps we could take. One of those steps was coordination with our local first responders and that grew into what can we do, how can we increase communication, those kinds of things and it led us to Fast Path,” said Simpson County Schools director of pupil personnel Joey Kilburn

The creators gave first responders and school officials a hands-on experience to demonstrate how Fast Path works.

 “I think for us it’s going to help us relay the information quicker to the first responders once we receive the call. We are the primary answering safety point for Simpson County now. We have 22 dispatchers when we are fully staffed and 23 agencies. When we receive the correct information from the caller we are able to provide that information to the responders,” said Kentucky State Police Post 3 communications supervisor Jimmy Kitchens

Police, paramedics and emergency management officials all attended the training to better understand how the system works.

 “All those people here today in our school to talk about, ‘hey if we have to respond to an active shooter scenario, a medical emergency, any type of emergency situation, how would that happen, what would it look like,’” added Kilburn.

In the event of an emergency, first responders and school officials said this system could save lives.

 “It takes out the guess work. You move straight to where you need to be. You get the information. There is no guess work of, do I need to go left or right. You go straight to the problem, whatever that may be, whether it’s a teacher having a heart attack or an active shooter,” added Shelton.

Other counties including Logan, Allen, Warren, Edmonson are just a few of the nearby school districts that also use the Fast Path system.