Firefighters in Palm Coast, FL, are getting hands-on training in making school bus rescues using a donated school bus that is no longer in service. Flagler County Public Schools donated an out-of-service bus and made its mechanics and safety personnel available to answer questions for the training. The training is designed to familiarize rescue crews with challenges specific to school buses, in the event they need to remove passengers from similar vehicles.
The training concentrates on different parts of the bus and includes discussion of characteristics of the bus, entry and exit points and proper extrication procedures. The firefighters and rescue teams were practicing taking the school bus apart using power saws, axes and other tools. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Lt. Gary Potter, training officer for the department, as saying the school buses are “built like tanks, so they’re a totally different animal than any other vehicle.”
This is why so many say that a school bus is the safest mode of transportation in getting our children to and from school.