Bus Driver Awareness, Safety & Intruder Response (4 hrs.)


As schools and public buildings become better at securing their buildings and implementing useful lockdown and lockdown failure protocols we have already noticed that the next evolution to attackers seeking to victimize those school students and mass transit customers and  to target school and mass transit buses.

School and mass transit bus drivers being the adult that can most effectively respond already realize that they have a significant responsibility and may already be anxious about this topic. The key to reducing anxiety with our school transportation personnel is to educate them on the topics of awareness, safety and intruder response. Once they are educated they really do see that a bus can be secure because of its mobility and design if they are in an aware state of mind, know what to leverage their environment to their advantage and look for and know how to respond to threats that may present themselves outside of the bus or do not present themselves until they are already inside of the bus.

I totally dreaded going to Friday’s professional development for Sedalia #200 Public School. I was very nervous about how the topic would be presented and I did NOT want to participate in the simulated intruder scenarios. HOWEVER, today I am REALLY GLAD that I attended. I left feeling empowered and grateful about what I learned.  It was one of the best professional development trainings that I have ever attended.
Lisa Everhart - Sedalia, MO #200 Public Schools

Topics covered:

  • Why are school and mass transit buses a target?
  • Awareness when approaching bus stops
  • Identifying threat areas at bus stops
  • What makes buses difficult to board IF door is not open
  • Mobility of buses as a deterrent and mitigation response
  • Intruder Response – What if the intruder makes it on the bus?
  • Response differences to active shooter vs. hostage taker vs. robbery . . .