Ministry of Transportation / Ministère des Transports
Text size Enlarge Text Shrink Text
Search   |  
IV. Emergency evacuation of school buses
 
Evacuation procedure
 
    1. Assess the situation. Generally, the quickest method is to use both front and rear doors. If those exits expose people to other dangers such as fire or traffic, choose the safest exit.
    2. Remain calm. Speak loudly, but slowly. Ask the passengers to move calmly to the exit you choose.
    3. Assign a responsible leader to count the passengers as they leave and lead them to a safe area away from the bus. The leader should keep everyone together.
    4. Assign some taller students to wait at the rear exit on the ground at either side of the door to help as the students swing down. Another student inside tells the exiting person to “watch your head, put your hands on the helper’s shoulders and swing down.”
    5. While the other students remain in their seats, the students closest to danger should leave one seat at a time by walking to the exit.
    6. All articles such as lunches, books and so on should be left behind.
    7. As the last person leaves, walk the length of the bus to be sure everyone is out, and then exit yourself. Begin first-aid treatment if necessary. Assign two responsible students to go for help, if needed, and organize helpers to put out warning flares or reflectors as required.

Practice cannot eliminate all injury, but it will certainly reduce the possibility of unnecessary injury to yourself, your passengers and other motorists.