CINCINNATI— A facility that trains dogs for search and rescue operations has a valuable new training tool: a school bus from the First Student fleet. The company recently donated the retired bus to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia.
The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is dedicated to training dogs in the areas of detection, including sniffing out explosives and locating missing people. The center added the school bus from First Student to its rubble pile, which is used to train dogs for search and rescue operations. Previously, this bus had been used to transport students in the Newtown, Pa. community.
“There is nothing more important than the safety of the students we transport, and we fully support organizations that strive to ensure the safety of our community, said Ursula Rinas, First Student Location Manager in Newtown. “ We are thankful our retired bus could serve yet another educational purpose.”
First Student has the strongest safety record and the most highly-trained drivers in the industry. The company travels more than 650 million miles annually, transporting six million students each day.