Fire Crews Practice for Potential Bus Crashes

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

It's a scenario Grand Junction firefighters hope they never come across but one they say they are ready for. A school bus involved in an accident with children trapped inside.

Fire crews take saws, axes and the Jaws of Life to an overturned bus trying to get to the injured students inside during a training exercise Tuesday.

Jim Houlihan, a Captain with Grand Junction Fire Department says, "This is a scenario we believe is very realistic. Last week there were two school bus crashes in Clifton."
Today's training isn't a result of those crashes but fire officials say accidents like those do provide a need for training. "Everyday at work we really don't know what type of situation we are going to be faced with and irregardless of what happens we need to be prepared."

So crews brought out the heavy equipment. They even recruited volunteers from local high schools.
David Johnson, a R-5 High School Student volunteered his time to help out. "Experience something I've never done before and cause I've never been in an accident... I was a conscious person, I just had a really bad incision."
Captain Houlihan said using real people helps make things as believable as possible. "We can put dummies in here or we can put a card or something but its nothing like having a real patient," says Houlihan.

Johnson says playing injured is harder than it looks. "It felt kind of nerve racking seeing as how there are people cutting and there is people all around you and you don't know what to do."

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