Gates Chili Central School District

Middle School Students Practice a Bus Evacuation Drill

Gates Chili Bus Drivers use the Safety Bus as a teaching tool to teach Middle School students how to evacuate a bus in case of an accident. Middle School students learn during their health classes how to evacuate the Safety Bus through the roof hatch, side window and  then also a roof hatch and the rear door both are at 90 degrees, simulating a bus on its side.

The Safety Bus was created by the Gates Chili Transportation Department. Transportation Supervisor Matthew Helmbold decided to build the bus he needed when one was not available for safety training for bus drivers, bus aides and students. The Gates Chili Transportation Department staff sliced a donated bus in half and flipped the back half of the bus 90 degrees. Seven vendors assisted to complete the project. They are: Matthews Buses, Leonard Bus Sales, Hawk Frame & Axle; Lewis General Tires, Transpec, and Jim's Towing Service.

Image 9838 caption: Bus Drivers Doreen DiMarco (l-r), Stacy Brugger and Dave  Hancock (on ladder) teach Gates Chili sixth-graders how to evacuate the Safety Bus through the roof hatch, side window, roof hatch and back door simulating a bus on its side with NYS Trooper Dale Buck, NYS Trooper Mark O'Donnell and Gates Police Officer James Coughlin observing how students evacuate the bus.

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