Hey, Ms. Bus Driver, 'Am I safe on this school bus?'

Amid all the talk of school violence in the news, it is not if but when a student will ask, "Am I safe on this school bus?" You may only have a second or two to answer. What are you going to say and how do you say it? 

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DATTCO Receives Prestigious Safety Award from International Motorcoach Group

 

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- DATTCO, Inc., one of Connecticut’s largest passenger transportation companies, located in New Britain, CT, is pleased to announce it has received the prestigious International Motorcoach Group’s (IMG) Safety Award. The annual IMG Safety Award is presented to the company who has demonstrated the highest level of safety throughout their organization.  

LiquidSpring Set to Exhibit Two Events on CLASS Suspension Systems for Buses

 

LiquidSpring™ LLC is pleased to be exhibiting at two events in March 2018 where it will be highlighting and discussing its CLASS® suspension systems for buses, which provide a smoother and safer ride for passengers and deliver more comfort, stability and less stress than conventional suspensions.  The suspension systems are available for Chevrolet/GMC, Ford, RAM, International and Freightliner models of buses.   

New York School Bus Contractors Association Launches Industry-Wide Employee of the Month Award to Outstanding Member Company Employees

 

NEW YORK - The New York School Bus Contractors Association announced today that it has presented First Student Bus Driver, Bobby DeLee, with its first NYSBCA Industry-Wide Employee of the Month award.   Each month the NYSBCA will be recognizing a member’s employee, including drivers, matrons, mechanics, and office staff, who demonstrate an unmatched commitment to student safety and exceptional service to their school districts, communities, and companies. 

Last April, Bobby DeLee was transporting a group of thirteen students home from Frazer K-8 School in Syracuse when he smelled smoke coming from inside the bus.  He immediately pulled over in front of a nearby school and, as smoke started to fill up inside the bus, Bobby safely evacuated all the children and brought them inside the building.  He then went out again to make sure there was no one else onboard the bus before it was engulfed in flames.  Earlier this month, DeLee was honored for his bravery by the American Red Cross of Central New York during its 19th annual Real Heroes Breakfast.

NYSBCA EOTM Bobby DeLeeNYSBCA EOTM Bobby DeLee“Bobby DeLee truly represents the best that our industry has to offer and due to his training, quick thinking, and rapid response to a dangerous situation, he was able to prevent any injuries and save the lives of all of the children riding on his bus that day,” said New York School Bus Contractors Association President Bree Allen. “Bobby sets the standard for others to follow and we are thrilled to honor him by recognizing him with our inaugural Industry-Wide Employee of the Month award.”

DeLee has been a driver with First Student, serving the Syracuse City School District, for eleven years.  He says he first decided to become a driver because he wanted to help kids, and that he will continue to strive to be the safest bus driver possible in the years to come. 

About:  The New York School Bus Contractors Association is an organization representing over one hundred school transportation companies, also known as school bus contractors.  The industry transports more than half of all the children who ride a school bus to and from school each day.  The Association’s primary mission is to promote safe, reliable and cost-effective student transportation services for New York’s school children.  For more information, please visit: www.nysbca.com

 

School Bus Drivers, "What’s Important Now?"

There is a facility in central Idaho that dismantles nuclear warheads. The warheads are transported in average looking semis escorted by ordinary looking vehicles that are manned by specially trained and heavily armed tactical officers. The semi transporting the warhead is heavily armored and will self-protect even if the security team is taken out. Sadly, school buses do not have the luxury of security escorts.

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