Five tips for managing Passenger Transportation Accidents1. Planning: Situational Awareness is important for all levels of the response community. Knowing your response area and the types of hazards therein is the first step. Pre-incident planning is also a necessity and must involve surrounding agencies. Don't forget to include the non-traditional responders and the health care system in your area in your pre-incident panning and training. Perhaps a best first step is to remember that it CAN happen here.
2. Responding: The actions of the first-in crews will dictate the outcome of the event. I recommend that everyone know where they're going, do something smart with your apparatus, and keep in mind there are events when it is better to not just do something...but stand there. LOCATE (Location, Obstacles, Conditions, Accessories, Treatment, Extra help) works for transpiration accidents as well as single patient response.
3. Managing the scene and incident command: The first suggestion...ask yourself how bad can this get? Then ask; Are we ready for this bus crash? Incident manages, rescue and triage branch leaders need to consider a few immediate actions when working at a passenger transportation accident: the injury/fatality ratio, understand where people (and kids) like to sit while riding buses, and that existing openings (doors and windows) may not be accessible.
4. Emergency Incident Rehabilitation: This may be the most important part of planning, responding and managing any event. Effective rehab helps to keep your personnel safe and working. We should be trying to run a good rehab at every incident. Use my 5 LEVEL Steps to Proper Incident Rehab and use these 4 points to make your Emergency Incident Rehab Functional.
5. Know general bus types and construction: You have to be able to get in and get out of the bus. A general working knowlege of school bus construction features is a tremendous benefit. Don't worry about getting too detailed...just understand the basics of construction and types of school buses.
Doing so will help improve planning, response and management.