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Updated: 08/21/2014 09:10:06AM

LWCS, LWFD conduct practice bus fire drill

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD


Lake Wales Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian Draper instructs the bus personnel on what to do in case of a bus fire.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD


This school bus was used as a teaching lesson for bus driver personnel so they would know what to do in case of a bus fire and how to evacuate the bus.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD


Lake Wales Firefighters were on scene at Lake Wales High School Tuesday morning for a mock bus fire rescue. Here, Firefighter Caleb Simpson carries Bok Academy 8th grader David Williams. The event was held as a practice drill, attended by Lake Wales Charter School bus drivers, who were being shown how to evacuate the bus in an emergency.

By BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

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Yes, it was a fire drill. Of a bus, actually.

Last Tuesday, white smoke filled the Lake Wales Charter School bus in seconds, creeping along the windows in a blinding cloud while firefighter/paramedics boarded the bus to make sure all on board were out. The realistic smoke heightened the importance of holding a fire drill for the school bus drivers and attendants on hand to participate and observe the procedure held the first time by the school district.

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