I. You may want to distribute the agenda as participants enter the training area.
I. Operation Lifesaver is a nationwide, nonprofit public information and education organization dedicated to eliminating collisions, injuries, and fatalities at highway-rail grade crossings, as well as discouraging trespassing on railroad rights-of-way*. Operation Lifesaver has programs in 49 states and these programs provide educational presentations upon request.
For a comprehensive presentation of highway rail safety, call (800) 537-6224 to arrange a certified Operation Lifesaver presenter. However, this module can be substituted for an Operation Lifesaver presentation, if you an unable to arrange one.
*Railroad rights-of-way include all tracks and their adjoining property, as well as bridges, tunnels, trestles, and train yards.
I.D. Ask the group the question. For your benefit, the correct answer is provided in italics. This format will be used throughout the module.
I.R. Choose one of the videotapes to show. Each one runs for 18 minutes.
Note: REVIEW THE VIDEOTAPE BEFORE CLASS. Pick out the safety concerns that you want to highlight.
The Responsibility Is Ours (from Operation Lifesaver) brings together school bus drivers Bette Norris and David Lines and locomotive engineer John Underwood. John takes a ride with Bette on her empty school bus to learn how school bus drivers make a highway-rail crossing safely. Both Bette and David ride in the cab of the locomotive with John to see what engineers experience every day. The videotape uses actual and simulated footage including the train-school bus crash at Fox River Grove, Illinois. It reviews highway-rail signage and the proper procedure for making a highway-rail grade crossing. The bottom line is: All train-school bus crashes are preventible. Always expect a train.
Preventing Disaster at the Crossing (produced by the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement and the Union Pacific Railroad) features railroad engineer Dale Wheeler as he talks about the dangers of a school bus-train crash. Personal interviews with survivors (and footage of actual and reenacted crashes) highlight the trauma of a school bus-train crash. The videotape shows the types of railroad warning signs, evacuation procedures, and the process for crossing a highway-rail intersection safely.