Donated buses create training opportunity for Jonesboro firefighters

Donated buses create training opportunity for Jonesboro firefighters

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Multiple firefighters with the Jonesboro Fire Department spent hours cutting open a school bus Monday afternoon.

Thankfully, it was all a training exercise in case an emergency involving a school bus happens in the area.

According to the Jonesboro Fire Department, the Valley View, Jonesboro and Nettleton School Districts each donated a bus to the department to use for training.

The donation is something that Jonesboro Fire Captain Shawn Nance said is extremely important because they rarely get the chance to practice cutting on a school bus.

Captain Nance told Region 8 News that to his knowledge, it's been at least 10 years since they've been able to take part in this type of training.

"With the amount of school bus traffic we have in the city of Jonesboro, not only the Jonesboro public schools but with all the surrounding communities coming to Jonesboro for different events, we have a lot of bus traffic here in the city of Jonesboro," Captain Nance said.

Captain Nance said that's why it's so important to have these opportunities.

"This is something that we could encounter at any time," Captain Nance said. "We hope we never have that problem, we hope we never have to do it but if it does arise, we want to be prepared, we want the guys to have the hands on knowledge of going out there, putting their hands on these buses and knowing how they're put together and how they go apart."

Since three buses were donated to the fire department, crews will be able to continue training Tuesday and Wednesday.

JFD said they hope each of their 114 firefighters have a chance to practice on these buses.

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