Officials from Toledo Public Schools and the city of Toledo joined together to announce a new emergency radio program that can be used by school administrators in the case of an emergency, such as an active shooter.

School staff members will now have the ability to press a button that silently alerts dispatchers and transmits audio from a microphone.  The school employee can then detail the emergency.

All 54 buildings in the district -- preschools, elementary schools and high schools -- will be equipped with a radio.  The program was announced during a news conference at Chase STEMM Academy, 600 Bassett St., on Wednesday, October 14.

Each radio costs $2,000 to purchase, install and program.  A federal grant covered the costs and all administrative staff in the schools will receive training on the simple system.

Toledo Police Chief George Kral stressed the importance of the system during the news conference.

“We're very happy this is here. We're dedicated to keeping the kids of this city safe,” Chief Kral said.

Dr. Romules Durant, TPS CEO/superintendent, said the emergency radio program enhances the comprehensive security plans that have been developed for each school by the TPS security division and which are constantly reviewed and updated.

"A primary responsibility of every school district is to ensure a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors," Dr. Durant said, noting TPS has been listed as the 8th safest school district in the country by the national Security Magazine.

During the news conference, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Chief Kral, Dr. Durant and Toledo Fire & Rescue Division officers Assistant Chief Karen Marquardt and Battalion Chief Damon Williams (who is in charge of Toledo Emergency Communications).  To read that document, click here: Memorandum of Understanding

Posted on October 16, 2015