Bus Patrols are trained to be leaders on the bus. To help the bus driver get to and from school without any incidents on the bus.
The Bus Patrol Training Program consists of six learning stations that operate simultaneously. Each station is staffed by a minimum of at least two Safety Association representatives and can accommodate up to 40 patrols per session. Each session is 20 minutes long and can be accessed in any order.
The Stations are:
- Bus Evacuation
- Safety Equipment
- Leadership Skills
- Fire Equipment Demonstration
- First Aid Training
- Crossing Procedures
Each station is designed to teach the patrols different leadership skills and give them the knowledge and experience of what to do in an accident or emergency situation.
Teaches the patrols how to correctly deal with an accident or emergency. Calm the younger students by telling them that the older students will take care of them. Patrols will listen to the bus driver and work to keep everyone on the bus calm. Follow the bus driver’s orders and carefully exit the bus through the chosen emergency exit.
If the driver is unconscious then the patrols will be taught how to handle an emergency on their own and what to look for when exiting the bus.
The Patrols will be taught how to use the various safety equipment that is on the bus. Patrols will be taught what each piece of equipment is used for and where it is located on the bus. They will also be taught how to use the two-way radio.
Patrols will be taught good leadership skills. They will learn how to be a fair and responsible patrol. Be friendly with all the students on the bus while setting a good example. If there is a student on the bus who refuses to listen to the patrol they will inform the bus driver.
At this station the bus patrols will learn problem solving skills when dealing with children on the bus who refuse to behave. They will learn to remain calm and keep their voice in a low tone when talking to the child. Finally if the bus patrol is unable to calm the child down they are to report the incident to the bus driver who will report it to the school principle for further discipline.
Fire Equipment Training
At this station each patrol will learn how to use the fire extinguisher. They will be taught when to fight a fire and when to evacuate the bus. Patrols will also learn where the emergency equipment is stored on the bus. There are several locations for the fire equipment, the patrols will know all the locations of the equipment.
First Aid Training
Patrols will be taught basic first aid training. How to apply bandages and slings. They will also be taught how to look for anaphylactic shock and how to use the Heimlich maneuver.
Patrols will be taught how to properly cross the road. What procedures are to be taken and what to look for when crossing the road. Patrols will also be taught about the danger zones and how to properly communicate with the bus driver in case of an emergency or when they are uncertain of how to approach a situation.