Irrigon, Oregon -- A prototype school bus has been introduced in Morrow County that is designed to keep kids safe in the event of an emergency. The bus was designed, in part, because of concerns about the possibility of losing communication with a school bus in the event of a chemical incident at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.
The prototype is equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS), which would allow the vehicle to be tracked; and it also has a single amplifier, allowing it to become a "Wi-Fi hotspot" within the Immediate Response Zone. The zone is an area with a 9 mile radius surrounding the Chemical Depot.
On Wednesday, March 7, officials with Morrow County gave a demonstration of the abilities of the bus outside AC Houghton Elementary School in Irrigon. About fifty people, including school administrators, government officials, and law enforcers were in attendance.