TSD Donates School Bus to Loveland Fire Rescue Authority

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – On June 21, the Thompson School District Board of Education approved the scheduled disposal of several surplus district fleet vehicles.  All of these vehicles have reached the end of their useful life in the service of students and district business and are no longer appropriate to serve the district.  TSD is proud to announce that one of the school buses that has been marked for disposal is being donated to the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA) to assist local professionals in their ongoing training efforts.  The donated bus will allow the agency to simulate a variety of situations, which will help to better prepare trainees for emergencies that they may encounter while on the job.

“LFRA is excited about this bus donation,” said battalion chief Tim Smith. “This will be our first bus that will be usable in the sense of putting actors inside to conduct trainings. It will be used in a wide variety of training scenarios that will benefit LFRA, Thompson Valley EMS and the Loveland Police Department. Emergency services will get to use this prop for many years to come.  We are thankful to Thompson School District for the donation.”

Likewise, LFRA public affairs officer Scott Pringle agreed that the partnership will be very beneficial for emergency professionals.  “This is a great example of how the positive relationship between Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Thompson School District can lead to creative ideas that can benefit both organizations, other emergency response agencies and our community,” he said. “This new training prop can help to ensure that emergency responders are better prepared to safely respond to a variety of potential situations.”

The school bus was officially transferred to LFRA officials in a special signing ceremony today at the district’s transportation depot.  Board of Education President Lori Hvizda Ward and LFRA Battalion Chief Tim Smith signed the paperwork to formalize the partnership.

For more information, please contact Michael Hausmann, Thompson School District Public Information Officer, at 970-613-5011 or via e-mail at michael.hausmann@thompsonschools.org.

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