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Springfield Fire Department Tears Into Donated School Buses


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That is certainly the case for the Springfield Fire Department, which just received a donation of three school buses from the Springfield Public Schools. KSMU’s Justin Lux reports.

The out of service buses are being put to good use as the firefighters are given a rare opportunity to conduct rescue training this week.

Members from the Springfield Fire Department’s technical rescue team will train on the buses. The team will create entry and exit points in the buses using ladders, ropes and many other tools, including medical equipment to imitate live situations.

Fire Chief Randy Villines says the information the rescue teams are able to gain from these training sessions should prove to be invaluable.

“We focus on the skills that our technical rescue teams need and the information they need to know in order to breach the sides of these school buses,” says Villines.

Villines says people would be amazed at how well school buses are constructed. He says the buses are built to stop the impact of other vehicles, so being able to enter the buses using saws and other tools in an emergency situation sometimes proves to be difficult.

Following the completion of the training, the buses will be transported to a local salvage yard and sold for scrap metal allowing the public schools to receive around $900 for each old bus.

Springfield Public Schools say they are replacing the buses using some funding from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. One requirement of that replacement program is that the old buses be scrapped.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.