ECTC invests in security system to help police respond to an emergency faster
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- When Dillon Felts is on campus at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, his mind is focused on his studies. He has also seen the headlines, filled with active shooters, climbing death counts, students scrambling and police on college campuses.
"I definitely want to be able to come here and not have to worry about if I'm going to come home," Felts said.
Leadership at ECTC is well aware the campus could become appealing for someone with bad intentions.
"We would be considered a soft target," said Brent Holsclaw with ECTC. "So what we have to do is, we have to prepare ourselves."
The college is spending $10,000 in a security system called Fast Path. It relies on numbers.
"The local dispatch will have a copy of all the maps of the buildings on your campus," Holsclaw said.
On the maps, every door, window, and hallway will have a corresponding number. If a shooter were inside, dispatch would be able to tell first responders which door to enter and then from there, the hall numbers will guide them.
"Every single second and minute matters," Holsclaw said.
People die when first responders don't know where they're going, and school officials believe this system eliminates that barrier. It also gives Felts the kind piece of mind needed to focus on the reason he's at ECTC.
"It reassures my faith in this system," he said.
ECTC hopes to have the new system in place, in each of its buildings, by mid-February.
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