Transportation Services "Safety Bus"
A newly completed “Safety Bus” will allow TST BOCES Transportation Services to provide a unique and valuable training opportunity for students in the region.
The Safety Bus is a school bus that has been modified so that the back section of its interior is rotated onto its side, allowing for evacuation exercises that aren’t possible on a standard bus. Students can see what it feels like to be in a bus that has tipped on its side and practice using the rooftop evacuation hatch.
The construction was handled primarily by Randy Murray, who donated his time and skill to the project, with additional work provided by the TST BOCES Career & Technical Education welding students. Murray previously undertook a similar project for Owego-Apalachin Central School District. The Safety Bus is still a functional vehicle that can drive to visit school districts throughout the region for safety trainings.
“The Safety Bus is the result of a three-year project to convert a standard school bus into this unique bus safety training tool,” said TST BOCES Director of Facilities David Pitcher. “We expect that the Safety Bus will be used by school districts in our region and from around the state for years to come to provide specialized emergency evacuation training for bus drivers and students.”
The bus being used was a TST BOCES school bus that was no longer going to be used, so instead of being sold or discarded it has been repurposed to provide a new service. Frank Slawiak, Transportation Supervisor at Madison-Oneida BOCES, and his team also helped by providing body work and painting the bus. Additional thanks goes to Matthews Buses Inc. for donating a new fuel tank.