FRAMINGHAM – School safety is arguably one of the biggest concerns of the nation and Rave Mobile Safety is helping school systems throughout the U.S. protect their students and staff with its innovative panic button.
Rave Mobile Safety, whose headquarters is located in Framingham Corporate Center, has been providing safety/security services for almost 15 years.
Todd Miller, the company’s COO, has been with Rave for 13 of those years. He is focused on making communities safer. Being the father of two young boys, Miller knows how important students’ safety is.
“I’ve got two boys that are in elementary school in Massachusetts and having them come home and tell me about the active shooter drills they ran at school is a little scary. But I’m glad they do it, and I’m also glad that every time I go to have a parent-teacher conference or visit their schools, their doors are locked,” Miller said.
Though this drives home the point of how different the world that we live in today is from earlier years, it also drives home the point of how we keep communities safer.
In fact, a number of schools here in Massachusetts have implemented the Rave panic button as part of their safety measures, such as Springfield, Mendon & Upton regional schools, Braintree, Milford, and Lynn.
Though these are certainly good partnerships across the region, there are some states that are employing the panic button statewide, allowing for a standardized response and safety efforts.
Areas of the nation that have employed the panic button statewide often view the issue of school safety as a state issue, as compared to other states who view it as a local issue.
“The reason that is so important is because, already, across the nation, we’ve all recognized that there has to be standards for public safety trainings, so law enforcement officials go through standard training at this state level, 911 call takers go through standard training, but yet, in many cases, we’re telling the schools, you go how to figure out how to keep your schools safe,” Miller said.
The panic button is installed on an individual’s cellphone and has five different button options that users can choose from depending on the situation: active shooter, fire, medical, police and other.
Once the user chooses the button based on what their needs are, 911 is also called. The panic button will also notify all key stakeholders in the building depending on what the emergency is and where it is happening.
For example, in Arkansas (the first state in the nation to employ the Rave panic button statewide), a baseball coach used the Rave panic button when one of his players suddenly collapsed on the field. He pressed the medical button, calling 911 and informing individuals such as the nurse and other coaches certified in CPR. The ambulance arrived in just six minutes, and the nurse arrived to perform CPR in just 30 seconds.
What makes this safety/security option different from other devices, such as hardwired panic buttons is that it can be placed into the hands of all faculty and staff members-teachers, office staff, custodians, etc.
With a hardwired panic button placed somewhere like under a desk, it is not available at all times. What if an emergency happens in the restroom? On the sports fields? In the hallway? The rave panic button is one of the only technologies that allows faculty to have a panic button that can travel with them wherever they go. Miller says that “using the technology that we all have in our pockets today is key.”
States such as Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas have all employed a statewide rollout of the Rave panic buttons.
By standardizing this, they have paved the way for a faster, more effective response.
One of the biggest pieces of the panic button is that it calls 911 with whatever button you select.
According to Miller, “911 is oftentimes the centerpiece or the incident command for these types of events.” The panic button can be set up very quickly. In fact, the average school can have the system up in running in just a couple of days.
Rave Mobile Safety also provides other safety/security solutions for schools, business and communities such as Rave Alert (a mass notification system), Rave 911 Suite (Essential 911 Response Tools), Smart 911 (Critical 911 Caller Data), Rave Guardian (2-Way Personal Safety App), Rave Prepare (Online Vulnerable Needs Registry) and Rave Eyewitness (2-Way Anonymous Tip Texting).
Those interested in a security/safety system from Rave can go to their website at https://www.ravemobilesafety.com/ for more information and customer testimonies.