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Panelists in Reno this summer to discuss training and technology:


Paul Hasenmeier Lieutenant firefighter, paramedic and trainer, City of Huron (Ohio) Fire Department


STN EXPO: DISSECTING SCHOOL BUS FIRE SAFETY


WRITTEN BY LT. PAUL HASENMEIER


Fredrik Rosen Marketing manager for SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Department of Fire Technology


Denny Coughlin Owner of School Bus Training Company, retired fleet manager for Minneapolis Public Schools and trainer on school bus evacuation and firefighter extrication


I 54 School Transportation News May 2014


n recent months, the editor in chief of School Transportation News, Ryan Gray, tasked a group of us from outside the school transportation industry to


look into school bus fire safety and training. Tis article is a brief look into some of the challenges student transporters face on a daily basis, but it is also a prelude to a panel discussion scheduled for the 2014 STN Expo in Reno, Nev., in July.


SURVEY FEEDBACK In March, STN sent a survey to read-


ers requesting feedback as to the level of preparedness school districts currently have along with write-in specifics of your bus fire training. Within days, we saw a great num- ber of surveys returned, which reinforced the direction for our discussion. Although the survey (300-plus responses) is fairly unscientific and not entirely validated, we are comfortable sharing some of the results. Te most surprising part of the results in


my opinion is that a large majority of re- spondents believe there is not enough state and national training; however, the majority believes they are trained in evacuations, student management after evacuation and first-responder interaction. Many feel they need help with evacuating


mobility-challenged riders, dealing with the crowds at incidents and understanding some fire causes under the hood or rear engine compartment.


It is our hope while in Reno to answer


some of the questions readers have asked and at very least provide direction on where to get the answers. Opportunity will be available to meet with each of us after the discussion panel forum if you have specific questions.


EVACUATION AND DRIVER RESPONSIBILITIES


Over my years in the fire service, I have written several articles and given multiple


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