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NAPT Partners with The School Bus Safety Company on Training Program

from NAPT

The School Bus Safety Company (SBSC) and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) announced today they have just completed the development of a training program — Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines.

Many times each year, a school bus is involved in accidents involving power lines falling onto the bus. This could create a disastrous situation. On the July 22, 2014, it was reported that a school bus in Oak Bay, British Columbia became entangled in power lines. The driver led the students off the bus. This was very dangerous. Had the wire stayed live (which can happen), exiting the bus the wrong way would have led to fatalities. The driver lacked training for the situation.

SBSC and NAPT have worked with experts from the power industry to create a training program for the drivers and for the students. "We all agree that being prepared for such a catastrophe will help prevent it. The drivers need to know what to do and how to do it if they face such a situation," commented Jeff Cassell, President of SBSC.

"Few, if any, school districts address this important issue. After studying the potential for such a tragedy and asking our members if they address this, we saw a huge need for this program," said Mike Martin, Executive Director for NAPT.

These programs address the myths about power lines. They make sure both the drivers and the students understand when they can safely exit the bus. The programs explain what to do when a bus is involved with power lines and how to safely exit the bus if they have to when they are unsure if the line is active or not.

Cassell explained, "Overhead lines carry high voltages. These can be 30,000, 60,000 and in some cases as high as one million volts. The power companies are very concerned that if such a line is touching a bus and the breaker has not activated, untrained school bus drivers will take actions that they think are correct, but could result in a tragedy."

Exiting the bus when power lines are involved is completely different from how students are taught to perform emergency evacuations in all other situations. Assistance should not be provided under any circumstance. The student should keep feet together and bunny hop away.

The programs for the drivers and for the students combined are available from SBSC for only $199 plus shipping costs. A special price is available to members of NAPT of $125, plus shipping.

To purchase these programs, contact Kelly Turner or Janet Greer or call 866.275.7272. more

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