|WCSO will be part of large bus exercise on Aug. 11|
The Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC), Wakulla County School District and Wakulla County Public Safety agencies will join resources on Monday, Aug. 11 to create an in-service program for bus drivers that will include a school bus evacuation exercise and school bus extraction.
The program will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Wakulla High School track. The event will move to River of Life Church in Crawfordville after the bus evacuation which will include Wakulla County Fire and EMS, Wakulla Sheriff’s Office and school district participation.
The WCSO will serve lunch at the church to approximately 450 participants from 13 counties including as many as 350 bus drivers.
After lunch Brian Goddin of PAEC, the program sponsor, will speak to the gathering along with a representative from the Bay County School Board who will speak about school board safety and an incident in Bay County.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office will conclude the afternoon at River of Life with a bus extraction exercise video involving a mock active shooter. The video will be shared with event participants at the church. The activities on Aug. 11 will allow the school bus drivers to experience potential issues they may face and how to react to the situations while also witnessing public safety officials in action.
The in-service exercise will include sheriff’s office vehicles, firefighters, EMS, medical helicopters and many school buses, but the public is reminded that the event is a mock exercise involving education staff from much of North Florida.
PAEC represents the following school districts in North Florida: Madison, Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Liberty, Gadsden, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Washington, Holmes, Walton as well as Florida A & M University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS).