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Jeff-Craig Fire, Local Students Participate In School Bus Evacuation Training

Posted On May 11, 2017

Press release from Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue

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(Vevay, Ind.) – On May 8-10, Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue located in Switzerland County, Indiana conducted School Bus evacuation training for local school students.

“Our department was given a school bus to use for an upcoming auto extrication course” said Chris See, Fire Chief of Jeff-Craig Fire.

“But we thought we could provide more than just auto extrication training to emergency responders. So we reached out to the local school corporation and within a few days had a plan of action.”

Students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade were brought to the fire station and put through a School Bus Safety Program setup by Jeff-Craig Fire. The program consisted of a short presentation discussing school bus safety. Then students were led by teachers to a mock school bus wreck located just outside the fire station where a school bus was on it’s side. The students entered the rear of the bus and firefighters inside showed each student how to open and climb through the roof hatch. Each student had the opportunity to physically open the hatch and exit the bus.

“Our students practice evacuation drills with the school bus drivers routinely, however that is just through the front and rear doors. This training provided a hands-on experience that we feel left an everlasting impression. Now every time a student rides a bus they will look up and see the roof hatch and think about the training.” Chief See said.

In three days, the volunteers of Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue conducted 20 hours of training delivered to 937 students and 93 teachers, staff, bus drivers, and emergency responders. Nearly 10% of the population of Switzerland County went through the training.

“We are thrilled with the way the school bus training went and would encourage other departments to setup a similar training. School bus wrecks are few and far between but being prepared never hurts.”