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My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet
My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—Nine Forest Hills school buses that were pulled off the road after a  school bus fire are back in service.

Forest Hills School Superintendent Daniel Behm says the buses were pulled as a precautionary measure, to replace electrical components, which posed a fire hazard. The buses were the same make and model as the bus that caught on fire Nov. 20, 2013.  All of the students and the driver safely escaped the fire, which started in the bus’ engine compartment area.  Two investigations found a failure within the bus’ power distribution module likely caused a short circuit, which led to the fire.  The dealer, Hoekstra Transportation, Inc., replaced all nine of the buses power distribution modules, connection cables and any corroded parts.

School officials held a meeting with the fire investigator, an electrical engineer, a bus inspector and risk management officials to inspect all nine buses before giving them the green light to return to normal service.

In a letter sent home with parents last week, Behm writes,” Students, parents, teachers, administrators, transportation personnel, and the motoring public all play important roles in keeping our children safe while on or around the school bus.  We are incredibly thankful to our community for understanding the importance of bus safety and are grateful to all of our bus drivers who take their work seriously to ensure that the safety of children is of the utmost importance.”

Anyone with questions or concerns about the buses can call Superintendent Behm at (616) 493-8801.

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