Flying into and out of the Medford airport in recent months, we've noticed that there is a yellow school bus parked in the grass on the east side of the field, facing the runway. Is the bus part of a training scenario? Does it run? Why is it there? Just curious.
— Oscar Z., Medford
Oh, great, Oscar, now we have The Who's "Magic Bus" song stuck in our head. But, as earworms go, it's not the worst. "It's a Small World," anybody?
Sorry, we're a bunch of wieners here in the Since You Asked Department of the Mundane Turnip.
OK, that's enough foolishness. Everybody back on the bus. Medford airport director Bern Case has the answers to your queries.
The donated Laidlaw bus is used in training sessions for the airport's fire-station personnel.
"They drag it out, squirt it down, drag mannequins on and off of it," Case said.
All kidding aside, the training is part of vital immediate-response efforts in case of a crash or potential crash, he said.
Federal Aviation Administration criteria requires the airport to maintain a staff of emergency responders on-site in case a disaster happens.
"We can respond very quickly 24/7 and 365," Case said.
We're sure the crew members hope never to have to douse flames, rescue passengers or perform other heroics. But it's good to know they're there.