e-Learning for First Responders is a FREE, interactive program that provides training and info on scenarios that first responders encounter near railroad crossings and tracks.

Please read the following before beginning the First Responder Rail Safety Challenge.

Operation Lifesaver's (OLI) First Responder e-Learning Program is an interactive online experience for all First Responders. This program brings attention to choices First Responders often make around tracks and trains and is intended to help them make safer decisions around the tracks. It does not and is not intended to teach you to drive a first responder vehicle, a police car, fire truck or any other emergency medical vehicle.

OLI consulted with a wide variety of subject matter experts (SMEs) who contributed their time and real-life experience with first responders to create this program. We included as many of their suggestions as we could. However, because the specific rules required by state laws and individual police districts vary widely, all situations may not be covered.

Contact your local police, 911 dispatcher, EMT or firefighter supervisor for specific regulations, laws and guidelines for crossing tracks in your coverage area, or for any other questions you may have concerning your particular area.

Train Horn vs. Sirens

Question: Which is louder, a train horn or an emergency vehicle siren?
Answer: Deactivated sirens in an emergency vehicle approaching a highway-rail grade crossing won't necessarily allow the driver to hear an approaching train horn. Ambient noise levels in the vehicle's cab often drown out the train's warning sounds. Our e-Learning for first responders course provides EMS personnel and other emergency responders with information necessary to help them prepare their response to a railroad incident.

Learn more about Operation Lifesaver's e-Learning Course for first responders. 

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]

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