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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


Learn the challenges of investigating highway-rail grade crossing collisions and enhance your investigative skills

 

Video 1 ⯆  Video 2 ⯆

 

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

 

Video 1 ⯆  Video 2 ⯆

 

Rail Safety for Emergency Response Services Video
Train Crew Rescue Video

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

 

Video ⯆

Rail Safety for Emergency Dispatchers Video

IN AN EMERGENCY AT A GRADE CROSSING

 

Locate the blue and white Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign at the grade crossing


Call the railroad for help – use the phone number on the sign 


Tell the dispatcher your location by providing the crossing identification number on the sign 


Tell the dispatcher what the emergency is

 

Video ⯆

 

 
Last updated: Friday, April 15, 2022