$297,000 SAFER Grant Obtained

Salida School District Awarded Grant
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Safer Grant Press Release

January 13, 2020

Salida School District has been awarded a School Access for Emergency Response (SAFER) program grant through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the amount of $297,367.40 for the Certified Ready Program with SAFECOM 911. District Facilities Director Brandon Hawkins applied for the grant and is working closely with Salida School’s Resource Officers to implement it. The School Access for Emergency Response program (SAFER) enacted by SB18-158 provides funding for interoperable communication hardware, software, equipment maintenance, and training to allow for seamless communications between existing school communications systems and first responder communications systems.

The program funds will be used for developing and providing training programs, curriculum, seminars, best practices, and protocols related to school safety incident response. The funding also enabled the school district to purchase additional hardware and necessary radio system capacity expansions deemed critical to incident responses ranging from day to day to medical to safety related.

The School District will start to roll out the program in 2020 with office staff training. The program is scheduled for six years. All campuses will be part of the project. Superintendent David Blackburn said about the project, "Student safety continues to be a district priority.  This is our latest effort to find ways to improve.” Salida School District is proud to have obtained grant funding to further our resources as we work to educate our communities’ children. The Salida School District is committed to developing comprehensive training and resources to effectively protect our greatest asset, our students!


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