Where has Jesus been lately?
June 26, 2014 Ohio Pre-Service Instructor’s Training/Central Crossing High School/Grove City, OH.
This was a repeat trip back to Ohio except this time I was at Central Crossing High School in Grove City. We had a packed house of over 420 drivers, trainers, dispatchers, supervisors and a few administrators and they were an awesome crowd! I presented on Defensible Use of Force on the Bus and Breaking Up Fights on the Bus and they absorbed the information as fast as I could provide it. The energy was high and the audience had very realistic questions that clearly demonstrated that they are concerned about theirs and their student’s personal safety. We discussed a lot of “what ifs” and by the time they left I believe they were all better prepared to face a possible crisis situation on their bus. Thank you drivers for a great day of interactive training. Remember, it’s better to have a plan and not need it than to need a plan and not have it!
June 24, 2014 Michigan Assoc. for Pupil Transportation/Boyne’s Highland Resort/Harbor Springs, MI.
My second time to Michigan to train and this time I had the privilege of having over 150 of MAPT’s supervisors and trainers present in the audience. I presented on Defensible Use of Force on the Bus and Breaking Up Fights on the Bus and they were very engaged in the presentation. We discussed establishing policies and procedures on these two issues based on Michigan’s self-defense laws that absolutely empower their drivers with clear wording on their rights. The staff at the Boyne Highlands Resort was awesome in support of the conference and the fact that the resort was beautiful certainly didn’t hurt anything. Thank you MAPT for inviting me to speak at your conference and I am looking forward to returning to your wonderful state! Oh yeah, it’s better to have a plan and not need it than to need a plan and not have it!
June 19, 2014 Montana Assoc. of Pupil Transportation/Missoula, MT.
I have spoken at this conference for so many years that I knew many of the drivers as soon as I walked into the conference room. It was nice to be greeted with a big smile and a welcome back to Montana! 350 drivers in attendance and all of them were a great audience. Yep, you guessed it. Defensible use of Force was the topic of the day as this is a very hot topic nationally given numerous recent incidents where drivers are being attacked on the bus or are having to defend others on the bus. Got to meet a driver who was recognized for his 49th year driving a bus! Can you believe that…that is awesome! He was a soft spoken man whom you could tell just loved doing what he does. Thank you bus drivers of America for being the safest mode of transportation in the U.S. in all modes of transportation! No one does it better than you. Don’t get complacent behind the wheel and remember that it’s better to have a plan and not need it than to need a plan and not have it!
June 17, 2014 Ohio Pre-Service Instructor’s Training/Penta Career Center/Rossford, OH.
First time to Ohio and the house was packed with over 520 drivers, trainers, dispatchers, supervisors and a few administrators. The neat part for me was when they all came back from lunch to finish the day! Defensible Use of Force on the Bus and Breaking Up Fights on the Bus…the two most popular bus driver courses I teach, were on the menu for the day. Great questions and a very dedicated group of drivers. I am hoping to return soon to work with more of their schools and transportation agencies. It’s better to have a plan and not need it than to need a plan and not have it!
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