All bus drivers for the Houston Independent School District will know what to do in the event of an emergency, thanks to officials with HISD as well as the Houston Fire Department.

According to information released on Monday from HISD officials: “HISD’s Transportation Services, in partnership with the Houston Fire Department, will provide realistic emergency and rescue training to all bus drivers and attendants to prepare them to respond successfully to any crisis on a school bus. The training will be August 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Houston Fire Department Training Facility, 8030 Braniff Street.”

The mock emergency drills will help to prepare bus drivers and attendants to respond to a variety of real-life emergency situations. Such circumstances include but are not limited to: a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder on board, and an accident involving a train.

HISD Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf stated that the training is not only beneficial, but a necessary component to ensure the safety and well-being of all HISD students: “This training challenges every attendee with realistic emergency situations where the safety of the students on board will depend on their ability to respond successfully,” Graf said in a statement. “In addition, transportation team members will learn safe evacuation methods, student management, how to remain calm in a crisis and first aid for burns and smoke inhalation.”

“HISD’s Transportation Services will also be rolling out a silent panic alarm, which has been activated on all its school buses. HISD is one of the first public school districts to offer this feature. The silent alarm can be used by a driver to alert dispatch in the event of a life-threatening situation. Unlike the visible bus radio used to notify dispatch, the silent alarm is discreetly activated by the driver”, added officials with HISD.

For more information, visit HISD’s official website by clicking here!


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