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Driver, nurse save 4 special-needs students from bus fire
April 4, 2014
Alfred “Al” Lewis pulls the bus over, opens the passenger door and window to let the smoke out, sprays the fire extinguisher into the vents, and gathers the students in wheelchairs and carries them outside to safety. Meanwhile, the nurse helps the other two students out of the rear door.
School bus crash responder wins Carnegie Medal
January 2, 2014
When a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer in Nebraska in 2012, motorist Philip Petr stopped and provided critical help. With a fire spreading in the wreckage, Petr climbed into the bus and helped students escape.
NAPT News & Views — NTSB official, Carrollton film on tap for 2013 Summit
October 4, 2013

NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart will headline the NAPT/NASDPTS joint session. Emmy-nominated writer and historian Daniel Blake Smith will present a screening of the film “Impact: After the Crash,” a reenactment of the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., that shares inspirational stories of survivors.

 

Fire suppression system receives UL certification
September 26, 2013
FMNA — formerly Fogmaker North America — receives the Underwriters Laboratories certification for its water mist Automatic Fire Suppression System. The certification, which included both system and component-level testing, focused on life cycle operation, environmental tests, product performance and overall durability.
Wheel end assembly cited in school bus fire
August 22, 2013
A fire on a Blue Bird propane school bus on Monday likely originated in a wheel end assembly and did not compromise the propane fuel tanks, an independent fire investigator finds. There was no one on the bus at the time of the fire, and the engine was off.
First P-mark for bus fire suppression issued
August 15, 2013
As reported last year, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden established the voluntary P-mark certification/quality mark for fire suppression systems for the bus and coach industry. Now, the Compact Line system has earned the first P-mark, and several others are being tested at SP to obtain the mark.
Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives
July 25, 2013

It has been 25 years since the fiery Kentucky bus crash that killed 27 people. Jason Booher, now a high school administrator and coach, recounts his narrow escape from the burning bus and discusses the safety improvements that stemmed from the tragedy.

Kentucky transportation secretary pushed for increased bus safety
April 8, 2013
Milo D. Bryant, who served as the state’s transportation secretary under Gov. Wallace Wilkinson in the 1980s, passed away last week at the age of 82. Bryant led a bus safety task force that recommended various improvements to school buses and driver training following the fatal 1988 school bus crash in Carrollton.
Maine school bus damaged in fire
February 21, 2013
No one is injured in the blaze, but the Portland Public Schools bus sustains an estimated $35,000 in damage. The district says that an employee was patching the bus' seats using tape, liquid vinyl and a heat gun when the fire began.
Overturned bus training an ‘eye-opener’ for staff
December 11, 2012
More than 80 people in Van Buren County, Mich., participate in an emergency training event that shows them what it feels like to be in an overturned school bus as well as one filled with smoke. Transportation Supervisor Mark Niewoonder shares details on the hands-on event and how it changed staff members’ perceptions.
New standard for fire suppression systems in buses
October 11, 2012
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden launched the project in 2005 with the objective of creating a safer environment for passengers and bus drivers worldwide. In addition to the new standard for fire suppression systems, the institute has established a voluntary certification/quality mark.
$10K reward offered in bus arson case
August 28, 2012
The Georgia Arson Control Program funds the reward after two Catoosa County school buses are set alight in a fenced-off side lot. The buses, which cost about $90,000 each, are a total loss.
Fire from blown tire destroys bus
July 10, 2012
The bus is traveling on a highway when the fire starts. All 55 passengers and the driver evacuate, and firefighters keep the flames from spreading to the surrounding vegetation.
Student faces charges in flare gun bus fire
April 3, 2012
The 12-year-old boy faces arson and other charges after a flare gun inside a bag in his possession discharged, according to authorities. The driver quickly evacuated the students from the bus before it caught fire.
After bus fire, N.C. districts check for wiring issues
February 28, 2012
No one was injured in the Feb. 8 school bus fire, in which worn wire coverings were found to be a likely cause. State officials direct school transportation departments to perform special inspections to help prevent any further incidents.
Heroes in school transportation 2012
January 17, 2012

In the second edition of this series, we highlight school bus drivers who saved lives with their quick thinking and vital skills. When danger arose, their training — and their instincts — came through.

School bus fire deemed accidental
January 5, 2012
The Pocomoke (Md.) Fire Company responds to the scene and finds the burning bus close to a shed. The fire is quickly extinguished and contained.
Feds show school bus support
January 5, 2012

At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.

Special-needs driver acts quickly before bus fire
December 2, 2011
Kay Brown is praised for safely evacuating the students from her bus after she notices smoke coming from the engine compartment. The bus erupts into flames a short time later.
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