Safety and Security Training Offerings

First Observer (july, 2009)

SCHOOL BUS FIRST OBSERVER TRAINING

The School Bus First Observer (SBFO) curriculum is offered to school transportation personnel in response to worldwide acts of violence involving school children. SBFO is a highway security program, funded by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Its mission is to promote the security of our critical infrastructure within the United States by training people to observe, assess and report risks and security breaches. This training will also give school bus drivers and other transportation employees the training that they need to better spot suspicious activities that could possibly be terrorist activities that could possibly be terrorist related and report those events to a coordinated intelligence center.

The training lasts about one hour. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a registration card and access to the toll free First Observer line for reporting suspicious activity.

SBFO essentially replaces the previous SCHOOL BUS WATCH program. A DVD was sent to each LEA Superintendent from the Transportation Security Administration in the Spring, 2012.


School Transportation Security Awareness Training
This critical training need involves how to manage safety issues on the bus to protect students from threats from both within and outside of the bus. School Transportation Security Awareness Training is designed to increase school transportation staff awareness of critical transportation security vulnerabilities and other issues. More specifically, the training aims to promote awareness and preparedness. STSA focuses on terrorist and criminal threats to school buses, bus passengers and destination facilities. Hence, it is designed to provide school bus drivers, administrators, and staff members with information that will enable them to effectively identify and report perceived security threats, as well as the skills to appropriately react and respond to a security incident should it occur. STSA topics include:

• Terrorism Defined
• Who Are Terrorists?
• Define And Identify A Security Threat
• Define And Identify A Security Incident
• Potential Weapons And The Probability Of Use
• The latest trends in school violence threats to safety
• The impact of terrorism on school security and transportation services
• School buses as potential targets of terrorism.

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School Bus Safety Training (with Buster the Bus)
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Who or what is Buster the Bus? Read more about Buster the School Bus Training Robot.

Buster the Bus is a miniature, remote-controlled three-foot-tall cartoonish replica of a full-size yellow school bus, which is equipped with working stop sign, crossing gate, and flashing red lights. It is just like a real bus! This bus has unique features, which includes an almost musically friendly voice that enchants children while he provides concrete lessons about bus safety. Children also enjoy to seeing the animated little bus, blink flashing lights, swing-out stop sign and move and blink his eyes. In addition, Buster has windshields and a mouth for a front grill. Besides having adorable features, he talks to students about a very important message of school bus safety to children. Children love Buster the Bus!

Buster is the great symbol for the school bus safety program. He is the ideal size for teaching children. He can communicate with them at their eye level, and when he moves children are not at all threatening. In addition, Buster is agile enough to maneuver easily in school classrooms and other restricted areas.
What does Buster do?

Among many important bus safety lessons, the program includes messages about:

• How to cross safely
• Staying out of the “Danger Zone”
• Riding the bus safely
• How to safely wait for the bus
• How to cross in front of the bus
• How to climb the steps
• How to ride school busses to and from school.
• How to evacuate the school bus

 

For more information, please contact North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:

Derek Graham, Chief Consultant, 919- 807- 3571