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98 Gallon Propane Tank For A School Bus

Presented with Denny Coughlin and Cheri Clymer. Two transportation industry veterans.

Over the last few days I’ve been in Reno, Nevada presenting and learning at the School Transportation News Expo.  Here’s yesterdays post on some leadership lessons the fire service can learn from the transportation industry.  READ ON.  STN puts on a great conference.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay current with the technology we will see on the road and to show them the fire service cares about the transportation of our children.

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At the trade show this afternoon Bird Bird Corporation introduced it new 98 gallon propane tank.  Don’t throw your arms up with concern just yet.  I had a chance to talk with the engineers of the tank and the folks from Blue Bird.  Then as any firefighter at a school transportation trade show would do; I crawled under the bus to check things out.  Throughout this post are a few pics that I took and some information from the Blue Bird press release.  More information to come.

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From the Blue Bird Press Release

At 98 gallons, Blue Bird’s new optional propane autogas fuel tank provides districts with significantly greater travel range. Along with Blue Bird’s standard 67-gallon propane autogas fuel tank, the new tank is 20 times more puncture resistant than gasoline or diesel fuel tanks and has been tested to over three times its working pressure. Additionally, the tank is compliant with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – 58 regulations and is certified to American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards. Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Vision is the industry’s most popular and fastest growing alternative fuel school bus in the industry. Just six months into 2013, sales for this propane-powered bus tripled compared to the same period last year.  Read the entire press release from Blue Bird Corporation HERE

Thumb knob shut-off valves for tank isolation

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