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Gov. Phil Murphy, left, greets Rep. Josh Gottheimer in Paramus on August 30, 2022. (Photo: Office of Rep. Josh Gottheimer).

N.J. moves to digitize all school blueprints for first responders

Murphy, Gottheimer, Lagana make announcement at Paramus school

By David Wildstein, August 30 2022 4:57 pm

New Jersey will spend $6.5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to create a data base of digitized school building blueprints for first responders in emergency situations like school shootings, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday.

About half of the state’s 3,000 public and private schools are already in the statewide database and Murphy’s new initiative will added the remaining schools to the Collaborative Response Graphics project.

“With the epidemic of gun violence reaching every part of our communities, including our schools, we offer our families not empty promises, but concrete investments in tools and resources that will keep our students safe,” Murphy said.  In order to protect our children and educators, we must equip our first responders with the most up to date 21st century technology so that they can respond to emergencies without unnecessary delay.”

Murphy was joined at his announcement in Paramus by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff),  State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus), acting New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin and others.

“This new school security investment will ensure that law enforcement has immediately accessible digital blueprints of every school building in the state, God forbid there is an active shooter situation or other attack,” said Gottheimer.  “This technology will help law enforcement act quickly and decisively.”

Lagana said that Access to digital floor plans “will better prepare local law enforcement and first responders in the case of any emergency situation.”

“By investing in digital blueprint mapping software for every K-12 school in New Jersey, both law enforcement and school administrators will have the information they need to act swiftly and with precision,” stated Platkin.

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