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.
Transportation Security Awareness Training
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
• 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
• School buses as potential targets of terrorism.
Bus Safety Training (with
Buster the Bus)
what is Buster the Bus? Read
more about Buster the School Bus Training Robot.
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!
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
What does Buster do?
many important bus safety lessons, the program includes messages
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
information, please contact North
Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
Graham, Chief Consultant, 919- 807- 3571