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Bismarck Firefighters Train on School Bus

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There's no need to be alarmed.

These firefighters have this situation under control.

"They know how to put fires out but it's that other piece that the firefighters don't normally get," says Bob Brown, BPS Asst. Director, Facilities & Transportation.

They get to train on how to save victims... from a school bus...

"Patient removal, taking out, how to gain access to buses that are in different positions as we have one on its side here and how do we get in and remove patients out of there," says Brooks Martin, Battalion Chief-Support Services, Bis. Fire Dept.

It's a three day training exercise for Bismarck firefighters.

They don't normally get to do this kind of extrication practice on a bus.

More than 60 firefighters take their turn making practice saves on the school bus...

All because of a 20 thousand dollar Clean Diesel grant that Bismarck Public Schools will receive.

"It was a great opportunity by Bismarck Public School system to give us the bus to be able to go in and practice and hone some of our skills on," says Martin.

It's a win-win situation. Not only does the grant provide a bus for firefighters to practice on, it also provides Bismarck Public Schools with a brand new, more efficient and safer bus for its students.

"We were able to get rid of a bus that was high in mileage and not very efficient and replace it with a nice fuel efficient bus that we can use. It's handi-cap accessible with a wheelchair lift," says Brown.

A requirement of the grant is that an old bus be salvaged or destroyed.

All to ultimately help keep students safe this school year.

The new bus also has a safety feature worth mentioning.

When the driver turns off the ignition, a buzzer will sound until the driver has inspected every seat and shuts off the buzzer at the back of the bus.

The new bus will be used to transport students in the childhood education program to Richolt School.

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