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Press Release Massachusetts National Guard Expands School Transportation Mission

5 additional communities will receive assistance in light of national driver shortage
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  • Massachusetts National Guard
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
  • Executive Office of Education

Media Contact for Massachusetts National Guard Expands School Transportation Mission

Timothy McGuirk, Communications


BostonAs part of its ongoing effort to support school-age children and their families, the Massachusetts National Guard will expand its school transportation mission to 5 additional communities. In response to requests for assistance by local government officials, the Guard will begin service in Brockton, Framingham, Holyoke, Quincy, and Woburn. This latest activation falls within Governor Baker’s Order dated Monday, September 13 which makes up to 250 personnel available for transportation assistance.

This week, more than 190 members of the Guard completed the driver’s certification process to operate transport vans known as 7D vehicles. In accordance with school transportation worker requirements, the orientation process included vehicle training, background screening, as well as a thorough review of all health and safety measures.

Beyond those certified as drivers, approximately 40 members of the Guard are activated to provide operational support for the mission.

The Massachusetts National Guard trains regularly with law enforcement, civilian, and other military agencies to provide a broad spectrum of services in support of security, logistics, disaster relief, and other missions. The Guard has a proven track record of success supporting civilian authorities. Their frequent side-by-side training with state and local first responders makes them well-suited for a variety of missions.


Media Contact for Massachusetts National Guard Expands School Transportation Mission

Massachusetts National Guard 

The Massachusetts National Guard is an operational reserve of the United States Army and Air Force that provides ready, relevant and reliable troops and equipment to respond to natural disasters or other civil emergencies when activated by the Governor. The Guard also supports the federal military mission when activated to duty by the President of the United States.

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.

Executive Office of Education 

From pre-school to post-secondary education, the Executive Office of Education works to connect all Massachusetts residents with an education that creates opportunities.

While Massachusetts' students rank first in the nation on many educational measures, the Executive Office of Education strives to strengthen the foundations of education reform, empower schools and educators, and develop pathways to college and careers so all students in the Commonwealth can succeed, regardless of their zip code.

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