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New system will improve emergency response times at Grayson Co. Schools

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The system is designed to be simple but effective. It gives each hallway a number and signs along the way tell you which way to go. The system is designed to be simple but effective. It gives each hallway a number and signs along the way tell you which way to go.

LEITCHFIELD, Ky (WDRB) -- Grayson County law enforcement officials have a plan to respond faster in school emergencies by introducing a new school navigation system called FastPath.

The system is designed to be simple but effective. It gives each hallway a number and signs along the way tell you which way to go. All Grayson County Schools will eventually be on the Fast Path system but the high school is first.

Principal Todd Johnston says in the event of a school emergency, it leaves little room for error.

"One or two minutes here or there can save a life,” said Johnston.

All Grayson County first responders will be given FastPath training, along with staff and students. The numbering system is similar to the way street addresses work.

“I think this system, that's the magic in it. If you've never been here...I could tell you to go to hallway 7 and you could tell pretty quickly a first responder where you are,” said Johnston.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins used to be a school resource officer. He heard about FastPath and tested it before pitching the idea to the school board.

"It took me about three to four minutes to find that room. He told me to find another room, gave me a brief explanation of what the signs meant and I made it to the room in less than 30 seconds,” said Chaffins.

FastPath will cost the Grayson County School Board about $500. Sheriff Chaffins thinks it's worth every penny.

“I think with this system in the schools, it will give parents peace of mind that we are taking proactive measures rather than being reactive when something happens,” said Chaffins.

Grayson County officials hope to have every school equipped with FastPath by next August.

To learn more about FastPath, click here.

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