The National Advisory Council -- NAC, for short -- supports Operation Lifesaver's mission of ending collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way. Serving as an advisory body, the NAC assists the National Office in creating the programs and materials used by Operation Lifesaver to deliver safety messages to the public, including training videos, public service announcements, brochures, and other public outreach materials. In addition to this, the NAC helps the National Office establish priorities for developing new educational materials and programs.

The council includes representatives with expertise in the three E's of traffic safety -- education, enforcement and engineering -- as well as representatives from the major railroads, federal agencies, and others knowledgeable about highway-rail grade crossing or railroad trespass prevention. Operation Lifesaver state coordinator representatives from each of the FRA regions are also on the council. Experts are brought in to serve on project teams when complex projects require expertise beyond that available on the NAC.

Newly established in 2008 to replace the original Program Development Council, the NAC was created to streamline projects and optimize operational efficiency.

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages. 


National Office

Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024

Fax: 703-519-8267
Email : [email protected]

Media Inquiries: [email protected]

Transit Inquiries: [email protected]

Our Staff

Media Contact

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, email general[at] or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.

If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.

If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email news[at]