NC police sergeant invents device for active shooter survival – WNCN/CBS North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer is hoping a device he invented will be in your child’s school soon. It’s designed to keep active shooters out of classrooms.
It’s a scary thought that no parent wants to think about but, in light of recent attacks, Sergeant Chris Kopp wants you and your kids to plan for an active shooter.
Using Sergeant Kopp’s invention – the Barricade Box – rising 10th grader Hailey Kalsky is able to barricade a classroom door in just seven seconds. It’s different from the lockdown drills she’s practiced in school.
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For the last year or more, our industry has been dealing with legislation overriding the code development process in several states, with regard to classroom security. The use of politics vs. codes is not a new phenomenon, and we must be prepared for the possibility that it could continue to affect our industry. It’s best to know early on in the process that something is brewing, so please let me know if you hear of a potential legislative change in your state.
We need to learn a lesson from the continued impact of the opponents of home fire sprinklers. If you haven’t been following the situation, this is a great article:
Fire Fight – ProPublica
In the spring of 2012, U.S. homebuilders were celebrating a string of victories. In more than a dozen state capitals from Phoenix to Tallahassee, they had managed to block plans to require fire sprinklers in new homes.
Then came a threat from a place they thought was buttoned up: South Carolina.
It happened hours into a marathon session of the obscure council that sets state building codes. Some of the 15 council members who had gathered at the firefighters academy in the woods outside the state capital of Columbia already left for home. Late into the night, the state’s fire marshal, Adolf Zubia, somehow persuaded a majority of those remaining to support sprinklers by a vote of 6-3…
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This Wordless Wednesday photo from Scott Straton of Allegion shows not just an exit that requires two operations to release the latch…the operations must be performed simultaneously! NOOOO!!!
Update: Now that Lee Francisco of DH Pace pointed out that there is also a deadbolt I should change the name of this post to Triple Egress, but the new link would cause RSS problems. Three operations – two simultaneous and one involving a key! ARGH!