In Through the Roof we concentrated on gaining access and enlarging existing opening. Exit at the Back of the Bus demonstrated the need to open large areas for extrication. In this installment of Bus Rescue, we'll focus on interior operations that create space for extrication and disentanglement.
|Hydraulic tools cut seat posts quickly|
Below: A battery powered saw can accomplish the task of seat post removal. All tools must be well maintained with replacement blades readily available as well as batteries as needed. Hand tools and power hand tools are instrumental for arming additional work teams to speed the seat removal evolution.
Below: Further illustration of the side-to-side height created when a school bus it on its side. Note the seats are intact in this view demonstrating additional access limitation. Note also the proximity and size of the roof hatches (now side hatches). Intact seats will make placement of ladders difficult.
|Height of side door and intact seats create difficult extrication|
Above and below: Hand tools can be used to remove seats and some interior bus components when power/hydraulic tools are not appropriate.