A local school district is making sure their bus drivers are armed with knowledge to handle emergency situations.
At Buckeye Local School District, safety begins on the bus, so they’re taking the necessary steps to train each and every bus driver in the school district on how to respond if an emergency situation occurs.
“We are just giving them all the different what ifs and what would you do and we let them come up with the ideas before we tell them what we think they should do,” said District Director of Transportation Scott Celestin.
He enlisted the help of a Special Tactics and Rescue Training team, to avoid a situation like what happened last year in Alabama, when a man boarded a bus, fatally shot the driver, and abducted a five-year-old boy.
That’s where S.T.A.R.T’s Chief Executive Officer Frank Hoagland comes in, teaching dozens of bus drivers the different procedures to deal with an incident that could pose a potential threat to a bus.
“What we wanted to do is give the bus drivers the ability to communicate, teach the bus drivers the importance of accountability and give them a plan. help them design and develop a plan. we are not going to be the ones to write it in stone we just want to give the bus drivers the ability to think outside of the box,” Hoagland said.
Hoaglad said the Buckeye Local School District is the first in the state to do such a training with its transportation staff.