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About MS OL

What is Mississippi Operation Lifesaver?
Mississippi Operation Lifesaver (MSOL) 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. OLI promotes rail safety through public awareness campaigns and education initiatives, including free safety presentations by authorized volunteers. We speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and others. Our program is co-sponsored by state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations, America's railroads, and other entities. Together we promote the three E's - education, enforcement and engineering - to keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within our communities. MSOL is part of a national nonprofit program known as Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI).

Why is Operation Lifesaver Needed?
Sadly, every year people in Mississippi are killed or injured at highway-rail crossings and at other locations along railroad tracks.
Many people are unaware that trains cannot stop quickly to avoid collisions; or, they take chances by ignoring warning signs and signals, going around lowered gates, stopping on tracks, or simply not paying attention when approaching highway-rail crossings. People also make the potentially fatal mistake of choosing railroad tracks as shortcuts or as places to walk or run for recreation. They may not realize that walking on train tracks is illegal, or understand how quickly and quietly a train can approach. Our safety tips can save your life – or the life of someone you love.

Become an Operation Lifesaver Authorized 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.

MS OL Events


RAIL SAFETY WEEK 2022
September 20th-26th

MS OL Safety Partners

BNSF Railway
Canadian National Railway
CSX Transportation
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad
Grenada Railroad
Hancock County Port & Harbor
Kansas City Southern Railway
Mississippi Delta Railroad
Mississippi Department of Transportation
Mississippi Export Railroad
Mississippi Southern Export
Norfolk Southern Railway
Old Augusta Railroad
Patriot Rail
RJ Corman
Watco

MS OL Statistics

Mississippi Rail Crossing and Trespass Statistics
Source: FRA Office of Safety Analysis

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Releases 2020 Annual Report

WASHINGTON, DC, November 17, 2021 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national rail safety education nonprofit, has released a digital version of its 2020 Annual Report.

Every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. OLI’s mission is to empower the public to make safe choices when driving or walking near tracks and trains.

OLI’s 2020 Annual Reportdetails the organization's impact throughout the year including information on assets, events, volunteers, grant projects, leadership and partners as well as the 2020 audited financial statement.

“The 2020 Annual Report illustrates how OLI staff and supporters successfully shifted our strategy in real time during a global pandemic, developing tools and resources to deliver our rail safety education and messaging in a new virtual environment,” said Operation Lifesaver Inc. Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “I am grateful for the dedicated efforts of the board, state programs, volunteers, partners and staff, which made 2020 a creative and successful year,” she stated.

The interactive 2020 Annual Report is designed for optimal viewing on laptops or desktops and allows users to view videos and other materials while scrolling through the online document. A downloadable PDF version of the interactive report will be available in the coming weeks at www.oli.org.

Free Railroad Investigation and Safety Course for First Responders (RISC)

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) offers free Railroad Investigation and Safety Course (RISC) training for first responders across the United States. Developed by the nation’s railroad police and OLI, RISC arms first responders with on-scene lifesaving safety information unique to the railroad environment when they are responding to incidents involving the railroad.

Every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S.OLI’s RISC provides critical information that allows first responders to safely investigate train incidents.

“Whether responding to an emergency call, maintaining on-scene safety or investigating a collision, important safety measures must be taken for the safety of first responders as well as the general public and train operators,” said Operation Lifesaver Inc. Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “RISC empowers first responders to keep themselves and the public safe when responding in this unique environment.”

RISC replaces OLI’s GCCI (Grade Crossing Collision Investigation Course) and is offered in-person and virtually in one-, two-, or four-hour formats, the free RISC walks first responders through a rail incident from start to finish while demonstrating vital personal safety techniques.

OLI has 75 RISC Instructors available to teach RISC across the nation. Learn more about RISC, schedule free RISC training or email RISC@oli.org for more info.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Rail Safety Week 2021 Results

WASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2021 – This year’s observance of Rail Safety Week, September 20-26, reached millions of people through events and activities as well as digital media campaigns and other online messaging, rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) reveals in its online Rail Safety Week 2021 Results Report.

Rail Safety Week is an annual collaborative effort among Operation Lifesaver, Inc., state Operation Lifesaver programs, and rail safety partners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, spearheaded by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF).

Every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. OLI’s mission is to empower the public to make safe choices when driving or walking near railroad tracks and trains.

“Across the United States, Operation Lifesaver programs shared the rail safety message with a unified voice, joining our North American partners, Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads to #STOPTrackTragedies,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “We are grateful for the commitment and passion that these programs and partners exhibited in support of OL’s mission.

“In addition, our federal government and private sector rail safety partners in the U.S. shared our Rail Safety Week campaigns and messaging, ensuring another successful observance,” she continued. “We look forward to having even more partners and supporters join us for next year’s Rail Safety Week, September 19-25, 2022.”

The interactive Rail Safety Week 2021 Results Report is designed for optimal viewing on laptops or desktops, allowing users to view videos and other materials while scrolling through the report online. A downloadable PDF version of the interactive report will be available in the coming weeks at www.oli.org.

Contact Us

Kimbler Sloan Executive Director

601-594-4713 (mobile)
601-359-7539 (office)

P.O. Box 1624
Jackson , MS    39215