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We all know the  bumps and bruises that can come along with navigating your way through your house in the dark.  Now imagine trying to find your way in an unfamiliar building. Then imagine an emergency deep in the halls of that building.  How are you going to find the room?  In 2012 a Franklin County school resource officer developed a system to assist first responders in school navigation.

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Fast Path Hallway Navigation System was born out of necessity.  Officer Montey Chappell devised the system after seeing a need for emergency responders needing to navigate a school or industrial building; something consistent and easy to remember.  The system uses a series of symbols and numbers to tell you where you are and where you are going.  A “1” means you are in hallway 1.  The number “3” on the left lets you know hallway 3 is on your left.  A dollar sign or an “E” can lead you to a stairway or an elevator.

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Warren County Schools and Bowling Green Independent schools are adopting this program.  Some schools have been marked and others are on the way.  Several industrial sites have reviewed the program and are considering adopting the system as well.

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The system was demonstrated during a scenario based training in which two officers, untrained in the program, were taken into a fast path marked school and told to find room 127.  The officers, unfamiliar with the school, took almost four minutes to locate the room.  The training officer then explained the navigation system to the officers in just a couple of minutes and asked them to run through the scenario again with a different room number.  The officers located the room from lobby to room in just over 30 seconds.  Impressive, right?

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In a world where active shooting situations are commonplace, we need to provide first responders with the best tools to keep the public safe.  The Fast Path Hallway Navigation System is another tool in our belt.

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