Photo galleries featuring shots of school buses decorated for the holidays and of first responder training, and a report on Micro Bird’s unveiling of its new Type A bus, were among the most popular stories on School Bus Fleet magazine’s Facebook page.
1. PHOTOS: Buses, drivers get festive for the holidays
Transportation departments got into the spirit of the season. This photo gallery showcased some shots of decorated school buses from Florida, Indiana, Texas and Arizona, some of which won top honors in local parades.
2. Driver hailed for response to school bus fire
Fire officials in Mesa, Arizona, praise a school bus driver for her decisive actions to keep her special-education passengers safe when her bus caught on fire. The driver had reportedly noticed a small amount of smoke while she was driving, and she quickly pulled over and helped her passengers evacuate.
3. Driver steers disabled school bus to safe stop
Bob Welsh is transporting students down a hill when the bus’ radio, lights, engine and brakes stop working. He is able to steer the bus into a ditch covered by snow, where it comes to rest.
4. PHOTOS: Illinois district conducts training for first responders
On Sept. 20, Freeport School District #145 held a training to help first responders learn how to deal with emergencies involving school buses at the suggestion of a bus driver who is also a first responder. The scenario involved a mass casualty drill that included a school bus accident.
5. New Micro Bird Type A bus turns heads at trade show
According to Blue Bird, the T-Series bus body’s aerodynamic features aid in increasing fuel economy by about 20%.