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Rural Metro helping to make San Tan Valley schools safer against shootings

Rural Metro helping to make San Tan Valley schools safer against shootings
Rural Metro helping to make San Tan Valley schools safer against shootings

Rural Metro Fire Department has found one way to make San Tan Valley schools safer, if ever threatened with a shooting, by providing a tool that could slow or stop a shooter from entering a classroom.

There has been a proliferation of gadgets and devices to come out of the wake of many active shooter situations. They range from expensive ‘saferooms’ to door wedges and quick deploy locks. Leading security experts preach the implementation of “levels or layers” of security. The more layers a perpetrator has to go through the higher the likelihood of detection and intervention.

In recent FBI studies, 63% of active shooter situations lasted five minutes or less. 23% ended in two minutes or less. The sad reality is that the goal of an active shooter is typically body count. Therefore, decreasing the time a shooter has to find victims, increases the likelihood of intervention by law enforcement or other resources. So, the concept is to deter.   

To help add an additional layer of security, old fire hoses no longer being used, are being cut up into pieces and donated to local schools.

"When cut into small sections, these pieces can then be placed over the door hinge, creating a lock" said Rural Metro spokesman Shawn Gilleland, "which will stop or slow an active threat from entering a classroom."

 

While this is not a solution to an active shooter situation, it will add another layer of security. Many schools can not afford to spend thousands of dollars for the newest gadgets or to install cameras and saferooms. This gives them something to add to their action plan. "We see it as a valuable resource to schools, churches, or businesses as an extension of our mission to protect the health and safety of our communities," said Gilleland. 

While each school will probably need anywhere from 60-100 pieces, this additional layer of protection is available at no cost by simply re-using old fire hoses that would have been thrown away. Every old fire hose can make roughly 100 pieces and most departments have decommissioned hoses readily available. 

As of Monday morning, 800 pieces were ready to start being delivered to our San Tan Valley schools.

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