Fire officials demonstrate school bus safety - WNEM TV 5

Fire officials demonstrate school bus safety

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

On Monday a school bus full of elementary school children crashed into a tree, killing multiple children inside.

When the unfortunate happens, first responders spring into action knowing every second counts.

"It's far beyond the scope of any single department. We're talking about a lot of people coming, multiple fire departments, multiple EMS departments," Lt. Brandon Hausbeck said.

On Tuesday the Saginaw Fire Department gave TV5 a look at how they prepare for the worst. They showed off $64,000 in new extradition equipment purchased through a federal grant.

First they widen existing entry points.

"We'd say come on out. We'd go in there and get them out. Soon as they're clear, we'd see who's pinned or trapped or severely injured," Lt. Derron Suchodolski said.

Then they would use saws and jaws to create a large opening in the weakest parts of the bus.

There were already four ways to get into the bus, but it was important for firefighters to cut an additional entrance to gave access for backboards.

As they pull patients out emergency responders are constantly triaging, essentially organizing patients based on the severity of their injuries.

Saginaw fire officials are heartbroken by the evens in Tennessee, but they don't want local residents to be overcome with fear.

"I want the parents out there to know that buses are built very strong. They're still very safe for your children," Hausbeck said.

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