Oregon bus drivers receive active shooter training

The theme of the workshop was "Active Threat Training For School Bus Drivers."

Posted: Feb 23, 2019 5:53 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2019 8:52 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- School bus drivers and transportation officials gathered at Sheldon High School Saturday for active shooter training.

This was apart of The Oregon Pupil Transportation Association's (OPTA) 2019 Winter Workshop.

868 school bus drivers and transportation professionals representing 54 school districts from all across Oregon registered for this event. The theme of the workshop was "Active Threat Training For School Bus Drivers."

The all-day training ended with a live exercise by the Eugene Police Department and SWAT team.

The drill included a simulation of a gunman taking over a school bus. Officers walked bus drivers through their process of trying to calm the shooter down and ge them off the bus.

The training ended with police calling in the SWAT team.

"There's a lot more instances these days of events with people with weapons and people that are angry and upset so we want to try and give drivers the tools they can use to help diffuse these situations," said David Jorgenson, the president of the South Willamette chapter of OPTA.

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