While Napoleon Area City Schools students were working remotely last week, bus drivers in the district underwent several days of training, including using fire extinguishers.

Jeff Nicely, transportation supervisor for the district, said Napoleon Assistant Fire Chief Joel Frey conducted the fire extinguisher training, including explanations on the different types of fire extinguishers available and what types of fires each one will extinguish.

After the classroom portion, the drivers experienced some hands-on training. The Napoleon Fire Department utilized its fog machine, which produces theatrical smoke, and a digital screen that produces a digital fire.

“These devices were placed inside a school bus where drivers were able to experience the near zero visibility that would happen on a school bus if there was ever a fire,” Nicely explained. “They also got to use a fire extinguisher, one specifically used for training, to extinguish this digital fire.

“If we would ever have a fire on a school bus, the bus drivers are trained to evacuate the bus and make sure the students get to a safe point away from the bus,” he continued. “Students are trained on school bus evacuations every year. The use of a fire extinguisher would be in a worst case scenario if a student was still on the bus. The driver would use the fire extinguisher so they could get to that student and help that student to evacuate.”

Nicely added bus drivers have online training for fire extinguishers, but noted this is the first time in awhile that hands-on training was held.

“Numerous drivers expressed how well they liked this training and that they really enjoyed the hands-on portion,” he said.

This training was provided free to the school district by the Napoleon Fire Department.

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