FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The county will be part of a pilot project that will digitally map county schools and other public buildings as part of a security plan.
The digital structural maps will be stored on a cloud that can be accessed by first responders.
“The mapping program will make available in critical incidents floor plans and structural guides provided by participating schools and other entities, digitally and remotely to police, rescue squad responders and firefighters,” said Freeholder John Lanza. Using a cell phone, tablet or laptop, public safety units “will have at their fingertips the ability to better direct resources to specific areas within structures ... this is the kind of public safety tool that can save lives.”
The tool will be useful when responding to fires, health emergencies, active shooter responses or other incidents, he said.
Lanza is the Freeholder board’s liaison for public safety.
The technology will be provided by Critical Response Group (CRG) and it will be managed by the county’s Prosecutor’s Office. It was originally developed by U.S. Special Forces and used to coordinate military operations in unfamiliar terrain, and allow forces to communicate with each other.
According to CRG Vice President Alex Carney, it was used during the raid on Osama Bin Laden and allowed all involved – including the President and the Special Operator in Pakistan – “to communicate from a common operational picture.”
In a press release, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III applauded the Freeholders for investing in the technology.
Kearns said the program will “enhance our ability to respond and react to critical incidents at schools and buildings in Hunterdon.” The tool will combine aerial imagery, building floor plans and critical features into a geospatially accurate, gridded smart graphic which can be accessed by first responders, he said.
“We continue to work together with our county officials, school superintendents, local law enforcement agencies, and first responders to ensure our schools and public buildings are safe,” Kearns said.
Schools or other entities interested in participating in the mapping program can contact Lt. Kevin Burd of the Prosecutor’s Office at 908-788-1129.