California School Adopts Gunfire Detection, Alert Solution to Improve Safety

Newark Memorial High School is partnering with SST Inc. to incorporate a gunfire detection, location and alert solution to the school
Published: June 25, 2015

SST Inc. and Newark Memorial High School (NMHS), an urban San Francisco Bay Area public high school serving more than 2,000 students, today announced they are working together to equip NMHS with SST’s SecureCampus™ gunfire detection, location and alert solution. Newark Memorial High School is one of the first public high schools in the nation and the first school on the West Coast to deploy a gunfire detection, location and alert solution. The system was installed last month and is fully operational, with detection alerts to begin in the Fall.

Newark Memorial High School is a comprehensive high school in Newark, California, serving students in Newark, Fremont and Union City, from all ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.  With an 18-acre campus and multiple school buildings, it is located near San Jose and San Francisco in the City of Newark, which is home to more than 40,000 residents.

SST SecureCampus is a technology solution designed for K-12 schools and college campuses that provides gunfire detection, precise location and number of shooters to first responders and school personnel – enabling faster response to an incident and lockdown protocols to improve student/staff safety. The solution also provides protection both inside campus buildings and outdoors to help mitigate unpredictable active shooter attacks.

Additionally, SecureCampus delivers critical information such as number of shots fired, a detailed map of the campus and building floor plan (room number and floor) with the shooting location clearly identified, along with real time updates to 9-1-1, the responding officers’ patrol cars and their cell phones.

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“Analyses show that the average active-shooter incident lasts 12 minutes and the first calls don’t come into 9-1-1 for a full 3-5 minutes. SST SecureCampus technology provides an additional layer of security by immediately alerting the police and on-campus first responders with critical information to improve response time and help save lives” says Ralph Clark, CEO of SST.

Dr. David Marken, Superintendent of Newark School District, says “We are proud to be one of the first high schools in the U.S. to implement this important technology and hope to be a strong example and share best practices with other schools and districts.”

“Our school has been ahead of the curve on teaching and incorporating technology into classroom learning. Now we can use technology to make our campus an even safer institution for our faculty, students and parents,” said Mr. Phil Morales, NMHS Principal.  “With SST SecureCampus, we will provide another level of safety for our campus and the community. Although we hope we will never need to use it, like a fire alarm, it is critical to have the system in place to save lives if a situation arises.”

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