Kansas Operation Lifesaver
About KS OL
In America, a person or vehicle is hit by a train roughly every three hours, and that's a reality we are committed to change.
Kansas Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Injuries and fatalities that occur at highway-rail crossings or on railroad property are a real, but often preventable. We are committed to providing the educational resources and necessary solutions to help resolve this problem.
Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit rail safety education and public awareness organization dedicated to saving lives.
KS OL Events
June 10th, 9:45 - 3:30 KS OL Board & Committee Meeting
Abiline & Smokey Valley Railway
200 SE 5th St, Abilene, KS 67410
Train Leaves at 10:00 am
July 14 – 15: OLI Leadership Conference Register at
July 14th: Coach/RISC Training, contact Matt Vogt for more info
July 31st: Safe Kids at the Topeka Zoo (OLAVs needed)
September 9th, 2:00 KS OL Board & Committee Meeting
September 20-26th: Rail Safety Week
October 2-3 & 9-10: Railfest Great Plains Transportation Museum, Wichita (OLAVs needed)
November 10th, 11:00 KS OL Board & Committee Meeting
Quarterly News Letters
See below for more issues
- Fourth Quarter Sunflower Signal
- Third Quarter Sunflower Signal
- Second Quarter Sunflower Signal
- First Quarter Sunflower Signal
KS OL Statistics
In the last ten years Kansas has seen 495 incidents, resulting in 195 injuries, and 109 deaths. Even as numbers decrease, Kansas consistently has 3-4 people involved in incidents each month. That is almost once a week!
Some National stats that may suprise you:
Every three hours someone in the United States is hit by a train.
- 95% of these incidents could have been prevented if drivers followed traffic laws.
- 85% of all motor vehicle/train collisions occur because the vehicle did not stop at a crossing.
- 90% of crossing incidents are men ages 25-55.
Every 5 days a child is killed in a train collision in the United States.
- Teens ages 15-19 are four times more likely to be involved in an incident.
- Boys are three times more likely than girls to be involved in an incident.
- 71% of parents are not concerned about their child potentially being hit by a train.
Become a Volunteer
We are always looking for high-energy volunteers to help us spread our important message. Our volunteers are everywhere—schools, training programs, law enforcement events and safety fairs—with the common purpose of keeping our citizens safe. You can begin the process today by clicking here.
You can help make your community safer by becoming an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer (OLAV). Each year, Operation Lifesaver's trained Volunteers conduct free programs on rail safety education for audiences in large and small communities across the United States. Why not join them?
Steps to becoming an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer (OLAV)
- Prospective Volunteers fill out and submit the online OLAV application, which is then reviewed by their Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator. Applicants will receive an email telling them how to go to the next step in the process, the online classroom training.
- Next, applicants complete the online classroom, “The AVE” (Authorized Volunteer e-Learning), which is available 24/7, whenever it fits YOUR schedule. You can save your progress in the online training module, and are encouraged to complete it over more than one session.
- After completing the AVE online classroom, your state coordinator will contact you to schedule the next step to complete the OLAV process.
- Authorized volunteers will report their safety activities via Operation Lifesaver’s online reporting database, so they can easily keep track of their presentations, training and special events.
- With the new OLAV program, OL volunteers will have more options to choose from for interacting with an audience.
- Volunteers must fully understand and agree to abide by all OLI general policies and procedures as stated in the volunteer application.
Here you will find forms and other helpful information for OLAVs
Graphics & Media:
Events & Sunflower Signal
FRA Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention
FRA Trespass Incident Workbook
FRA Rail Crossing Incident Workbook 2011-2020
FRA Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Dashboard
FRA Query by Crossing
FRA Trespassers Map
Safe Kids; Railroads an Often-Overlooked Danger to Children