Paramedic - Deputy Fire Chief Westwego Fire Department Westwego, Louisiana
Ken Bouvier, NREMT - Paramedic - Professional Speaker: No financial relationships to disclose
School Bus Incidents occur daily in the U.S., On average 480,000 school buses, transport ~25 million students. School buses are the most regulated vehicle on the highway. School Buses are designed safe with roll over and crush protection, bright yellow for visibility, flashing red & amber lights, cross mirrors and red flashing stop signs. Newer buses are equipped with video surveillance cameras, inside and outside to record incidents. With all of these safety features, Managing School Bus Incidents have proven to be a challenge for Fire/EMS. According to the National Safety Council, crash data shows that between 2007 – 2019, there has been 1,401 people killed and 274,000 people injured in school bus related crashes. 70% of the deaths occurred in the other vehicles, 17% pedestrians, 6% school bus passengers, 4% bus drivers and 3% cyclists.
Using a unique power point presentation, we will also discuss school bus designs, types of injuries, triage, treatment, transport, tracking and reunification and how to manage a school bus incident using the Incident Command System
The most important take away will be the importance of having a school bus incident plan and conducting practice drills.
better understand the challenges fire / EMS are faced with while managing a school bus incident.
better understand how school buses are designed and the safety features of a school bus.
better understand the types of injuries both on the bus and in the other vehicles involved. Participants will better understand the Incident Command System using vest and triage tags.