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August 16, 2012  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Houston district trains for disaster with overturned bus

A Houston training event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing bus drivers and attendants to practice their first aid training.

A Houston training event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing bus drivers and attendants to practice their first aid training.

HOUSTON — School bus drivers and attendants at Houston Independent School District (HISD) are getting a lifelike training experience in a mock disaster drill.

This year, the district’s transportation department has added counter-terrorism instruction to its training. Part of the new program is the disaster drill, which was held last Thursday and three times this week with an overturned bus.

“We can never prepare our drivers and attendants too much to be successful on the road,” said Chester Glaude, HISD transportation senior manager. “It is important that our team is fully prepared for all situations to make sure that HISD children feel comfortable and safe on our school buses.”

For the drill, an older model school bus is turned on its side and used as a hands-on learning lab for all the district’s bus drivers and attendants. They make use of previous training on such topics as student management and emergency evacuation, in addition to counter-terrorism.

Also, the mock disaster drill involves staged human injuries, which allows the bus drivers and attendants to practice the first aid training they received in May.

Officials said that the event also reminds the transportation staff members of “the basics,” including the importance of performing pre-trip and post-trip inspections of the bus, looking for out-of-place items (canisters, metal boxes, containers, etc.) and immediately reporting suspicious items.

HISD transports 30,000 students to and from school each day on about 875 school buses.

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mitch    |    Sep 11, 2012 06:26 PM

Our school system did this very thing back in 1998 and all the local emergency response agencies including school officials learned much needed information. Getting everyone on the same page when an emergency does happen is so important. Pre-planning is the best thing to do because it automatically cuts the stress level way down. All agencies and employees have a workable plan to assist one another during such an event. School officials know to keep track of student rosters of names, what hospital specific students were sent to, what administrator was also sent to the same hospital to be with the students until parents begin arriving, student release forms have to be completed before students are released to parents. There are many factors to major accidents and weather emergencies that you do not want to face unprepared. There is always something new you face just when you think you've seen it all and dealt with everything under the sun there is something else we can learn from each other. keep up the good work. Dan - Indiana.

Dan Luttrell    |    Aug 24, 2012 02:05 PM

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