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The Columbus Fire Department conducted special training Wednesday to learn how to stabilize and cut open a school bus to safely remove students during an emergency.
The exercise was at the department’s training grounds on Columbus Municipal Airport property. Firefighters trained on a school bus donated by the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.
Recently, firefighters practiced stabilizing the 30,000-pound vehicle on its side and sitting on its top to learn how to pivot and lift a bus in the event of a traffic accident.
After the bus was stabilized, firefighters used extrication equipment to cut open the bus and learn how to safely remove
“With this training we will be prepared to respond in the event that a school bus is involved in a traffic accident in our community,” Columbus Fire Chief Dave Allmon said in a news release.
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