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First Student Safety Manager Named National Safety Council Rising Star of Safety
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First Student Safety Manager Named National Safety Council Rising Star of Safety

October 12, 2016

Suzanne Calderia PicA member of the First Student safety team is being recognized for her efforts to make the workplace safer. Suzanne Caldeira of Hicksville, N.Y., has been named a 2016 Rising Star of Safety by the National Safety Council (NSC).

The NSC Rising Stars of Safety program honors future leaders for promoting a culture of continuous safety improvement within their companies and creating safety initiatives focused on measurable outcomes.

“Suzanne is passionate about improving the safety of her colleagues and the students we transport every school day,” said Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for First Student, which includes the company’s First Student division. “Her efforts to further engage others in this core value have helped us build upon our industry-leading safety processes.”

Caldeira began her career with First Student in 2006 as a driver. She currently serves as a multi-site safety coordinator and is responsible for overseeing safety operations at 19 First Student locations in Southern New York. Caldeira recently helped implement a company-wide safety initiative that has reduced the number of preventable collisions and workplace injuries at her locations.    

Caldeira is one of 43 safety advocates under the age of 40 to be recognized at the NSC Congress & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., October 15 – 21.

About First Student, Inc. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,200 school district contracts. For more information, please visit