LEE COUTNY, Fla.,- Preparing for danger on the roadway. Just last week, a bus full of Southwest Florida students were involved in a deadly crash on Interstate 75. Now, firefighters in Southwest Florida are gearing up to learn to how save lives in a similar situation.
A deadly bus crash occurred in Tallahassee and last month, this bus slid off of the interstate in New Jersey injuring 14; so this training for the fire department comes at a perfect time.
"Just to be able to familiaize ourselves in a controlled environment versus on an emergency scene where peoples lives can depend on what we are doing and we are not trying to figure out stuff at that time," said South Trail Fire and Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic Casey Moore.
They are learning the different components of a bus that range from a charter bus, to a school bus and even public transit.
"I was surprised to learn about the school buses, how well built they are. They take a lot of emphasis on child safety to make sure everyone on the buses are safe," said Moore.
But some findings were quite alarming.
"I was surprised at some of the limitations with the charter buses, how they are susceptible to some serious damage if they are involved in an accident," Moore told WINK.
In just Lee County alone, there are over 800 buses hitting roads, twice a day, everyday.
"On a school bus, a quarter of accidents are us getting rear ended either at student stops or railroad crossings," said Nancy Crocker, Road Safety Supervisor for Lee County School District.
So these firefighters need to be prepared when called out.
"Do it now, in a controlled environment, take our time, go through the bus and get familiar with the workings of it- emergency exits, how to shut the bus off safety, how do people get out of the bus safely."