Washington School District exploring school safety program

February 11, 2014

Washington School District is considering a partnership with Foremost Safety Solutions Inc., which provides a safety system to assist first responders in case of an emergency.

Roy Meadows, president of the Macedonia, Ohio-based company that specializes in school safety, introduced school board members Monday to the SOS program, which makes detailed, color-coded floor plans and other information about schools available in the vehicles of emergency responders.

According to Meadows, the school plans are up to date and easy to read, and they highlight items that police, fire or emergency medical crews might need to find quickly, like utility shutoffs.

The plans also provide a number for each classroom, door, closet and stairwell in every school building, and Meadows said aerial views of school properties and surrounding streets, along with some photos of interior details are loaded onto discs.

Police arriving at the scene can view the digitized floor plans from inside their police cruisers by accessing the data on onboard computers.

Superintendent Roberta DiLorenzo said the program “looks very promising,” especially since the district recently completed renovating two buildings, and said the district is interested in finding out the cost of the safety system.

Karen Mansfield is an award-winning journalist and mom of five who has been a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter since 1988. She enjoys reading, the Pittsburgh Steelers, a good glass of wine and nice people.

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