DUMAS, TX (KFDA) - Seconds save lives. That’s why Dumas Independent School District is using a new software and security cameras at every school and facility in the district, giving Moore County first responders access in case of emergencies.
“We had an old security camera system, it just needed to be updated to where we had a better view of the entire campus and campuses and better cameras to be able to view the incidents that are going on,” said DISD Director of Information Technology Jacob Aragon.
About 500 cameras will serve first responders, like the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Moore County Emergency Management.
The Dumas ISD Police Department said this partnership will help other law enforcement before they arrive on-scene.
“When they have to go to one of our campuses or facilities, then not only do they know where the threat is, but they also know what type of threat they’re facing,” said DISD Chief of Police Larry Payne.
The cameras will come into play for incidents such as a fires, explosions, or active shooters, as well as for investigating possible break-ins or damage to property.
“At at any time that the first responders need to go to a campus or a facility and there is a danger of loss to property or loss of life, then that becomes an event that the Emergency Operations Center could help us with,” said Payne.
“We were just relying on responders showing up to the campus and maybe a teacher or one of the school police directing them where to go,” said Moore County Emergency Management Coordinator Tommy Brooks. “Or they would just have to start somewhere in the building and start working their way through the building.”
For the school district, student safety is a number one priority.
“No matter the emergency situation that can occur here in the district, at least we can have a plan and we can get our first responders in there safely and get all of our students out as well, safely,” said Aragon. “And limit any damage that can happen to the district and to it’s students.”
As the software was just installed last week, the next step is to get first responders familiar with its use.
While he hopes it isn’t used very often, Payne is confident the school district and county law enforcement will be well-prepared.
“The application hopefully will sit dormant for a long time, but if something does happen, they’ll be in a position to get those cameras open in a very quick time,” said Payne.