NOV. 22, 2000

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu



Emergency phone system operational at CSUB


A new emergency phone system is now operational at California State University, Bakersfield.

The bright yellow stanchions with "Emergency" painted on them and numerous wall mounted emergency phones have been installed throughout the CSUB campus, said CSUB Police Chief Brian Baker. The phones were activated earlier this month after an extensive testing period, Baker said.

The system connects directly with the university police and is available for use 24 hours a day. In addition to the red "emergency" button, there is also a black "info" button. "If you're lost, need directions or have general, non-emergency inquiries, use the info button," Baker said. "If you have an emergency, such as a crime in progress, need for medical aid, or observe critical incidents, use the emergency button." Baker said a computer instantly identifies the location of the phone when someone pushes the button so that officers know exactly where to respond. If the emergency button is pushed, a blue light revolves on the phone.

"When you activate the system, you will hear several tones," he continued. "This is normal and how the phone connects with our department. A police dispatcher will immediately answer. Tell the dispatcher your problem, and wait by the phone until an officer arrives."

The emergency phone system is one of the ongoing efforts to enhance the safety and security of students, faculty and staff at CSUB, Baker said. For more information, please call the university police at 664-2111.