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08/31/2007 06:22:00 PM · #1
Well, I had gotten our local fire department a school bus from the local bus company (I work for both). We figure since school starts on Tuesday we'd practice right before then. On the 28th (last Tuesday) we had our training.

We had several objectives in mind:

* Cribbing the bus (stabilizing it for interior work).
* Rescue of passengers sitting on seats
* Rescue of Passengers sitting in the aisle
* Rescue of passenger under the bus
* Rescue of passenger under the seats
* Attempt to gain access to the bus through the roof (in case we ever had one on it's side and the roof was the a viable option).

Well, we found the first four were pretty easy to accomplish.

However, when it came time to remove seats to rescue the "patient" trapped under them we found that a school bus doesn't offer many easy options. It took a long time to get that person out with little room for movement. They ended up cutting out several seats (which was a very slow methodical process). They were helped in that one of the seats had previously been removed by the bus company for some reason.

We also found that using a saw on a bus wasn't the best way to gain access. It did look really cool once darkness set in though. *grin* The main lesson we learned though is that a roof to a school bus is actually very difficult to get through easily. There is the outside skin, the inner insulation, the support trusses, and the inner skin to get through. None of which could be done all at once.

You will notice that in some of the photo's it appears like I am above the bus, and that's because I'm hanging off the side of the ariel ladder. Not the most stable of platforms for low light camera work. A lot of the pictures were too out of focus due to movement on my part. Which is one of the reasons I'd love for us to move our training to the weekend during the day instead of Tuesdays at night. *sigh*

"cribbing the bus"
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Waiting for interior rescue to finish
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Initial cut on roof
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Removing the insulation and finding that they were unable to cut all the way through the roof
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It was about now that we seriously realized that using a saw wasn't the best thing in the world to cut through a bus with. We realized it earlier, but this was very dramatic.
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08/31/2007 07:48:36 PM · #2
You guys just wanted to make all the purdy sparks! At least it's comforting to know that those things won't crumple like foil if they roll :) How was the side to get through, or did you even try that route?
08/31/2007 08:47:57 PM · #3
We didn't try the side. However, the posts supporting the windows wouldn't be too difficult to cut through using the hydraulic cutters. We didn't want to cut the bus up too much the first time we used it. We're hoping to redo this training every year (or at least as long as there are parts of the bus remaining).

As for the sparks....They were very pretty. *grin*
08/31/2007 09:01:21 PM · #4
It sounds like you're in need of a good plasma cutter :p
08/31/2007 09:20:16 PM · #5
Originally posted by Mark:

It sounds like you're in need of a good plasma cutter :p

I'mnot sure a plasma cutter would be very safe around patients either. Would be cool though.
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