DEMAREST - Five schools in Demarest are now equipped with special two-way radios that allow administrators to contact police directly in the event of an emergency.

Using the system, the schools can communicate with law enforcement and with each other.

The goal is to save time during emergencies and avoid cellphones.

"We were having some challenges here," says Superintendent Chris Nagy. "We have a few older buildings and some areas had dead spots where we couldn't communicate. The whole idea of having direct communication means everything.  Sometimes you just have seconds.  If you have an intruder in the building, you only have seconds."

The radios also have a panic button that automatically dispatches police. The system costs about $1,800.