July 1, 1999-NEW CASTLE, DE-
Remember summer camp? No frills and modern
conveniences, just the bare necessities, right? Welcome to the high-tech
1990s, where this summer camp counselors at select Police Athletic League
(P.A.L.) centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, will be armed
with wireless phones, courtesy of Bell Atlantic Mobile.
The loan of 50 phones and 30 pagers, which is part of Bell Atlantic Mobile's
Safe Summer Program, will provide counselors with a direct line of communication
during off-site trips, sports programs and outdoor activities, should
an emergency arise. For added convenience, each phone is pre-programmed
to dial 9-1-1 and the individual PAL center.
"By adding a wireless phone 'safety net,' we can help counselors and
staff protect their day campers by shortening response time to summer
hazards, such as accidents and falls," said Kathy Gallagher, director
of marketing for Bell Atlantic Mobile.
"The wireless phones will make our jobs a little easier in ensuring
the safety of children participating in the program," said Sgt. Wayne
Nelson, executive director, P.A.L. of Atlantic City.
The Safe Summer Program is part of Bell Atlantic Mobile's "Wireless
at Work" initiative designed to identify and assist organizations and
agencies in need of enhanced communications.