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Law Enforcement/First Responders Resources

AS LAW ENFORCEMENT

Become familiar with railroads operating in your area of jurisdiction and the types of products they regularly transport


Take note of grade crossings and develop a map of railroads in areas you patrol


Monitor grade crossings; educate violators and issue citations when necessary


Develop an emergency response plan for handling rail-related incidents


Keep a list of emergency contact numbers for each railroad operating in your area of jurisdiction

Rail Safety for Law Enforcement Video

AS EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

Become familiar with the railroads operating in your area of jurisdiction and the types of products they regularly transport


Ensure your team has an understanding of basic railroad operations, policies, and procedures


Develop an emergency response plan for handling railroad incidents


During an emergency, locate the blue and white Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign to contact the railroad


Learn how to rescue and extricate train crews from locomotives in an emergency

Rail Safety for Emergency Response Services
Train Crew Rescue

AS EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS

Direct callers to look for the blue and white Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign to quickly determine the location of the railroad emergency


Immediately contact the railroad responsible for the track 


Determine if the incident involves a trespasser or a motor vehicle


Determine if there are additional dangers such as motor vehicles on the track or hazardous cargo


Ensure that your call center has a map of all railroads in your area as well as a policy for handling railroad incidents

Rail Safety for Emergency Dispatchers

AS LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATORS

Learn the challenges of investigating highway-rail grade crossing collisions


Get training related to highway-rail grade crossing collisions and trespasser incidents


Complete a thorough railroad accident investigation by enhancing investigative skills with railroad-related information

 
Last updated: Friday, July 24, 2020