The Gary Bowden Show, on the AJR News Network
Recorded: March 8, 2018
Gary Bowden: It's the Gary Bowden show on the Air News Network. All right. Next up on the show and in our studio. Spike, this is great. We've got guests lined up outside the door of the studio today. So many of our interviews are done on the phone. Rob Lambert joins us. Rob, thanks for coming in this morning.
Rob Lambert: Thank you.
Gary Bowden: Bright and early on a Monday Rob's the owner of Sentry Surveillance in Buckhannon.
Rob Lambert: Yes sir.
Gary Bowden: I wanted to make sure I got the location right because I know you're working with schools and other areas. The story, I think it was Valentine's Day here just a couple of weeks ago in Parkland, Florida of the school shooting has cast a lot of attention certainly on guns. Again, a big battles in the legislature in the state of Florida, a big battles again in Congress, but another huge story that always is talked about when we hear of one of these shootings is security and our schools are we protecting our kids? When you send that child off, you know, are they going to be safe? And God knows in this day and age, Rob, that has to be a scary situation for moms and dads. You're working with a program called CODE RED, which, and I'm going to let you describe it much better than I can, but it essentially lets you become in very quick fashion, we hope, a kind of an independent set of eyes that immediately is looking at cameras within these schools and can identify and provide information on where the shooter might be. Why don't you jump in and kind of tell us how CODE RED works then?
Rob Lambert: Well, obviously schools are starting to put in more security cameras, which is where we've kind of been brought into this and remote view is one of the things that we do. We not only sell set up school administrators where they can view cameras for other reasons, but we have actually assembled an operations center where we're able to actually log in on a school's camera systems within 30 seconds of being called. And we can provide overwatch support.
Gary Bowden: You would get a notified by nine one, one or law enforcement?
Rob Lambert: It's going to depend on the area and how they want to do things.
Gary Bowden: Ok, yes, and so you jump into your command center we're you can immediately pull up the cameras from X, Y, Z elementary school or high school.
Rob Lambert: Absolutely.
Gary Bowden: And start looking at those cameras to see what's going on inside the building, which is obviously a big problem for law enforcement.
Rob Lambert: Yeah. Historically we've seen law enforcement responding to these active shooter situations and they arrive with very little, very little information. A lot of times the information is false or conflicting. And so, I mean the shooter has a big advantage. We want to take that advantage away.
Gary Bowden: The key that you're trying to provide is this speed and knowledge...
Rob Lambert: Yes, it's all about fast response.
Gary Bowden: because most of the, what did you say the duration is of most of these school shootings?
Rob Lambert: Most of these shootings are over and under 10 minutes now. It's a testament to our officers, often their on scene in roughly three to four minutes. That's amazing in itself but from that point, we've got to get them the information they need and get them in that school. If you go the wrong direction when you go into school, you've already wasted the time you had, or if it has in Sandy Hook, they confronted a parent outside that someone had said he was carrying something so they have no visual cues as to what was really going on, so they have to do the best they can. So they wasted a further three and a half minutes confronting someone outside the school.
Gary Bowden: We're talking, we're talking with Rob Lambert, who's the owner of Sentry Surveillance, in Buckhannon and you sell security systems and the cameras and all. But I thought the really nice thing about what you're doing and spreading this word about CODE RED is you can work with a school that already has some or all of the equipment and tie them into your CODE RED Program?
Rob Lambert: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, in fact, you know, we're doing this because it's the right thing to do. I mean, I have children in school systems, our employees have children in the West Virginia school system and basically we've made this service very affordable for schools. It basically covers the expense of the technology on our end and keeping that up to date.
Gary Bowden: Well we're going to, we've got to take a little break here at the bottom of the hour to, to check news, but we'll get into some of the ways that you actually are making sure that on a regular basis that all that equipment is working. Golly you'd hate to have a system fail at an inopportune time obviously. So you're even doing some of those things and we'll get some more information about CODE RED, a big help for security systems in our schools. We are talking with Rob Lambert. We'll be back, first we're going to check in and find out what's happening all around the state of West Virginia on this Monday morning. We'll be back right after your metro news update.
Gary Bowden: We're back with Rob Lambert, owner of Sentry Surveillance of Buckhannon talking about a program called CODE RED, which essentially allows Rob to set up a command center linked to cameras in schools whereby if he gets notified in the event of an emergency, he becomes the eyes for law enforcement who are sending their people into that school. Sometimes blind, right Rob?
Rob Lambert: Most of the time.
Gary Bowden: They don't know where a shooter is. Why aren't, why aren't cameras in the schools where they have them? Do all schools have security cameras now? For the most part, I would think