Firefighters train for bus crash scenario

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- For Chippewa Fire District firefighters, a bus crash isn't something they respond to on a daily basis.

Tuesday night, firefighters got the chance to do just that in a training simulation.

“What we set up here is a bus that has rolled over two times and ended back on its wheels. The passengers are unconscious,” firefighter Steve Trubshaw explained prior to the training.

Captain Cory Jeffers says, with hundreds of buses on the roads in the Chippewa Valley, it's important to train for a situation like this.

“With kids and adults being transported via bus we can see these kinds of accidents happening anytime of the day,” Jeffers said.

During the training crews learned how to get victims out of the buses safely and quickly. Because, when it comes to getting people the treatment they need – time is of the essence.

While the training will prepare firefighters for this new scenario, crews say it's up to everyone to keep an extra eye out for the vehicles that carry precious cargo.

“Buses carry our most precious gifts of life in them being our sons, daughters. So, it's important for all drivers to use caution around buses,” Jeffers said.

The training was made possible thanks to an old bus donated by the Chippewa Yellow Bus Company.

The Chippewa Fire District says it hopes to hold another bus training with local law enforcement and EMS in the future.

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