Mock bus crash helps enhance rescue skills

By | May 10, 2018 7:25 am

Training opportunities, such as the mock bus drill that was conducted this week, allow emergency responders and community partners to develop plans and procedures for unique emergency situations. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Officials with White County Schools and various local emergency services recently conducted a mock bus crash to provide a training opportunity to enhance rescue skills.

On May 8, 2018, officials with White County Emergency Management Agency, Sparta Fire Department, White County public schools, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, White County Emergency Medical Service, Sparta Police Department, and Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital conducted a mock drill for an event that first responders hope never occurs but needed to train to ensure a quick and efficient response.

With the help of several students from WCHS and officials with White County’s school transportation division, a mock bus crash drill was performed at the bus garage, on Millers Point Road.

The drill simulated a school bus collision that required the assistance of emergency services to extricate the volunteer victims from the bus.

“We simulated a bus crash where students were lodged in the bus and needed to be extracted,” stated Randy Alley, maintenance and transportation supervisor for White County schools. “We have never really done something like this before and wanted to run a trial.”

During the training exercise of the mock bus crash, some students, once extricated from the bus, were even transported to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital by White County EMS for hospital staff to train for a mass incident situation.

Training opportunities such as the one that was held this week, although hopefully never needed, allow emergency responders and community partners to work through an incident and develop plans and procedures for unique emergency situations.

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