School Emergency Improvements-New Radio Alert System
Cutting edge communication technology is putting Birmingham on the map as the first in the state to use the emergency school alert system. 9-1-1 officials say it’s galvanizing forces against both school violence and life-threatening medical problems. Birmingham 9-1-1 is deploying this radio alert system to each school in Birmingham. 911 director Greg Silas says the idea is to get first responders to the scene without going through the traditional red tape. Birmingham city councilor Steven Hoyt voted along with the rest of the council in favor of implementing the system. Councilor Hoyt says this is as close to a direct link to emergency workers as a school can get so far. The radio system will help shave off an additional 90 seconds after a call comes in from school officials asking for assistance.For more information go to www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org or WATCH THE VIDEO.