New Partnership with CRG Expedites Coordination and Communication of School Personnel with First Responders During an Emergency

Critical Response Group CRG First Responders

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Critical Response Group Inc. (CRG) to advance communications between schools and first responders. The partnership elevates our aligned missions: to protect every child, every school, every day and to enable first responders to make better decisions faster with the ultimate goal of saving lives, respectively.

Toms River Regional Schools Assistant Superintendent James Ricotta, Jr. stated, “After exhaustive research on our approach to safety enhancements, our district selected Raptor because it offered visitor, emergency, drill, and reunification management within one system. Since we joined together with CRG and Raptor Technologies, Toms River Schools—the sixth largest school district in New Jersey—has the best and most cost effective security upgrades available, has achieved full compliance for local regulations related to Alyssa’s Law, and has the peace of mind that we’re providing our students and staff the highest level of safety and security we can offer.”

Collaborative Response Graphics® (CRGs®) are a battle proven planning technique widely used within the U.S. Military Special Operations community. CRGs prepare first responders for more effective command and control when responding to unfamiliar locations. These standardized, site-specific, and geo-rectified “common operating pictures” combine floor plans, high-resolution imagery, and a gridded overlay together into one map. The combined technology goes well beyond an interactive floorplan by putting the identical mapping solution in standard use by public safety organizations across the country in the hands of first responders and school personnel simultaneously. 

“Finding new or better ways to make schools safer is an ongoing professional endeavor of mine, so leveraging these two proven security solutions to enhance our ability to secure our schools was a no-brainer for me,” said Patrick Kissane, Director of School Safety and Security at Edison Township School District and Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers. “Combining the capabilities of Raptor and CRG allows school officials and first responders to receive quick alerts and increase their situational awareness when reacting to an emergency.”

Emergency Management Software on Phone and Computer

The seamless integration of CRGs within the Raptor Emergency Management suite of solutions combines proven emergency practices with 21st-century technology to help school districts and law enforcement work together during an emergency. The ability to communicate and collaborate in this manner provides a true common operating picture during an emergency to reduce response time and ultimately save lives. Beyond active incidents, the CRGs can be used during drills, exercises, and reunification events, further enhancing the partnership between schools and local first responder agencies.  

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