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School bus drivers aid in Boston evacuation
April 25, 2013
After the explosions at last week's Boston Marathon, eight school bus drivers from AA Transportation stepped up to shuttle people away from the site. Company President Ron Ernenwein commends the drivers for their actions, noting that "not one person opted to go home, complained the assignment was too hard or took a break after the 18th hour of shuttling."
Stormwaters strand school buses in Midwest
April 18, 2013
In Oswego, Ill., a school bus slid into a ditch along a washed-out section of road. Four students and the driver were evacuated from the stuck bus. Near Ava, Mo., a school bus became temporarily stranded in an area between two low water crossings that became inundated.
REMINDER: Webinar to offer tips for 2-way radios
April 15, 2013
The free web seminar, “Digital Two-Way Radios: Bolstering Communications, Security & Compliance,” will be presented by SCHOOL BUS FLEET and Motorola on Wednesday. Topics to be discussed include security and emergency preparedness, clear communication and regulation compliance.
Hurricane Sandy: the impact on NYC's school bus fleets
February 14, 2013

Last fall’s massive storm on the East Coast created a surge of challenges for student transportation in New York City, from flooded bus yards and offices to fuel and equipment shortages. Here’s an overview of the crisis and how the city’s Office of Pupil Transportation responded.

More details on Alabama bus driver’s heroic response
February 12, 2013
The confrontation between an armed intruder and school bus driver Charles Poland lasted more than four minutes, with Poland standing in the aisle to block the gunman from his students and refusing to move, according to a report from CNN. Meanwhile, students in the back of the bus opened the rear emergency exit so they could escape.
Krapf Bus donates phones to 911 Cell Phone Bank
January 29, 2013
The school bus contractor recently updated its cellular network and searched for an organization that would put the old phones to good use. Krapf decided on the 911 Cell Phone Bank, which provides law enforcement with free emergency cell phones for seniors and victims of abuse.
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.
Evacuating passengers with special needs and equipment
November 2, 2012

Pupil transportation officials must have access to medical information on the students they are transporting, especially when the students are dependent on medical equipment and others for their care. They must also have a well-developed evacuation plan for all students that they transport.

Identifying and evaluating school bus route hazards
September 20, 2012

To ensure students’ safety, transportation managers must implement a procedure for this effort that includes scheduled onsite reviews and a means to efficiently communicate the hazards to staff. School bus drivers, local and state police, and local emergency operations centers should be involved.

Houston district trains for disaster with overturned bus
August 16, 2012
School bus drivers and attendants at Houston Independent School District this year are undergoing counter-terrorism training, which includes a mock disaster drill. The event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing the staff members to practice their first aid training.
Is your school district prepared for super-fog?
July 17, 2012

Super-fog is a combination of smoke and early morning water vapor that produces zero visibility over roadways. When it impacts a Florida operation, buses are convoyed out of the terminals until they reach a clear area, and a “pre-warning” procedure is developed.

Bus yard safety, inside and out
July 12, 2012

Physical security such as fences and video surveillance, in addition to providing your drivers and other staff with ID badges and safety training, can go a long way in securing your bus yard.

District launches new bus evacuation training effort
June 21, 2012
The transportation staff at Maine School Administrative District #37 in Harrington incorporates side window emergency exit evacuation into its training following an accident wherein the rear exit of a bus became unusable. Director of Transportation Dawn Coffin tells SBF that the bus drivers learned safe techniques for this type of evacuation, and the district hopes to begin the training with students in the upcoming school year.
Bus driver's medical episode prompts safety training
April 26, 2012
Albuquerque (N.M.) Public Schools’ student transportation services division is instructing its bus passengers on how to stop a bus if the driver is unable to. The training is implemented after Rhonda Carlsen boards her daughters’ bus to stop it because the driver is incapacitated. She discusses the incident with SBF, and Roger Garcia, co-interim director for the transportation division, discusses the components of the training.
Emergency preparedness: How’s your department’s ‘C3’?
April 10, 2012

Developing an emergency preparedness plan based on command, control and communication can help to reduce injuries and potentially save lives. Building relationships with first responders can ensure your operation’s viability in the emergency response cycle by bringing awareness of what it has to offer during crises.

Ind. district increases safety measures after tornado
March 28, 2012
Stephen Satterly, director of transportation and school safety at the Community School Corp. of Southern Hancock County in New Palestine, discusses with SBF the training topics he’s covering with his bus drivers and the policy changes he’s planning to implement following this month’s F4 tornado in Henryville. He also shares emergency planning best practices that are part of a white paper he’s co-writing.
Ind. district keeps students safe during tornado
March 14, 2012
When the tornado hit Henryville on March 2, the city sustained severe damage, but West Clark Community Schools’ bus passengers were uninjured thanks to the actions of the district’s transportation staff and administration team. As Director of Transportation Jim Scroggin tells SBF, the employees monitored the weather, and the bus drivers and students sought shelter in buildings.
Videos to instruct on school bus crisis response
September 26, 2011
The set of DVDs from Safe Havens International will cover such topics as why video tabletops and mental simulation exercises are effective at improving employees’ performance under life-and-death conditions. The organization has been using the scenarios in the videos for training purposes at school districts and to evaluate their level of preparedness. Safe Havens Executive Director Michael Dorn discusses the findings with SBF.
Hurricane tips for pupil transportation
August 30, 2011
Hurricane Irene, which caused extensive damage on the East Coast over the weekend, brought to mind the need for school bus operations to have procedures for just such an emergency. The Florida DOE's hurricane outreach plan document is available to download.
Transportation department is key in tsunami evacuation
May 31, 2011
After the devastating tsunami hit Japan in March, the West Coast of the U.S. braced for impact. The director of transportation and a driver from a California district share details with SBF on their department's role in evacuating local residents before the surges hit.

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