Ft. Osage practices keeping kids on buses safe

FORT OSAGE, Mo. - Metro firefighters put in a lot of work on Saturday to learn how to save students.

The Fort Osage Fire Protection District had school bus extrication training.

They invited emergency responders from across the region to practice getting into a school bus and getting students out in the event of an accident.

Working firefighters and aspiring firefighters agreed, the reinforced steel frame of a school bus is safe but tough to penetrate.

"I didn't think it was going to be that tough of metal.  I was surprised that the bus was this structurally sound," said Dalton Talamantez a junior at Blue Springs High School.

"I didn't know buses were this sturdy," said Rebecca Golden of Blue Springs South High School. "Cutting through it was really hard. It was really hard."

Both students hope to be firefighters one day.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a school bus is the safest way to travel for students.

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