There are up to 70 bus fires each year in Australia. The most common cause of bus fires is thermal ignition in the engine compartment area, relating to electrical or fuel related issues. As a result, TfNSW has introduced broad fire mitigation strategies, including:
- Bus Fire Suppression and Tyre Monitoring Systems installed on all new contract buses;
- Retrofitting of Bus Fire Suppression and Tyre Monitoring Systems on existing Sydney Metropolitan and Outer Metropolitan contact buses.
While these strategies are important, bus operators also have a responsibility to take steps to mitigate the risk of thermal ignition causes in buses in their operation. In particular, operators provide training and instruction for their drivers and maintenance staff to minimise the risk of thermal ignition and to manage bus fires if they were to occur.
To assist members in this regard, BusNSW has included bus fire mitigation tools on its website. These including a Member Information on Bus Thermal Ignition Mitigation which incorporates:
- A sample Risk Register on Bus Fire Mitigation
- A sample Driver Emergency Procedure
- A sample Bus Fire Maintenance Checklist
- A sample Bus Fire Training Bulleting for Workshop staff.
This Member Information can be accessed at: https://busnsw.com.au/member-services/tfnsw-bus-contracts/fact-member-info-sheets/