Mississippi Operation Lifesaver
- About MS OL
- MS OL Events
- MS OL Safety Partners
- MS OL Statistics
- Operation Lifesaver Celebrates 50 Years of Rail Safety Education, Welcomes 50th Anniversary Amtrak Commemorative Locomotive and International Level Crossing Awareness Day Conference to Denver
- Free Railroad Investigation and Safety Course for First Responders (RISC)
- Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Rail Safety Week 2021 Results
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
MS OL Safety Partners
Canadian National Railway
Genesee & Wyoming 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
MS OL Statistics
Mississippi Rail Crossing and Trespass Statistics
Source: FRA Office of Safety Analysis
Operation Lifesaver Celebrates 50 Years of Rail Safety Education, Welcomes 50th Anniversary Amtrak Commemorative Locomotive and International Level Crossing Awareness Day Conference to Denver
DENVER, CO, June 8, 2022 – Rail safety education is a necessity in Colorado and throughout the nation. Every 3 hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train. In Colorado each year, approximately 34 people are killed or injured in grade crossing and trespassing incidents. Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the non-profit rail safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks, works to prevent these needless incidents from happening.
Visiting Denver this week is a specially painted Amtrak P-42 diesel locomotive, emblazoned on both sides with the message, “See Tracks? Think Train!” The locomotive was released into service earlier this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Operation Lifesaver and share the rail safety message across the nation.
“Over the past five decades, Operation Lifesaver and its partners have helped reduce railroad crossing incidents by 84 percent, from 12,000 in 1972, the year Operation Lifesaver started, to 1,900 in 2020. But there is still work to be done,” Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) Executive Director Rachel Maleh said. “We welcome the commemorative locomotive to Denver as we kick off the International Level Crossing Awareness Day conference in Denver later today and welcome rail safety partners from around the world gathering together to stop track tragedies.”
Joining Operation Lifesaver in Denver this week are international rail safety experts representing the 3 E’s – Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
“The Federal Railroad Administration is pleased to celebrate Operation Lifesaver’s 50th anniversary as well as our long-term partnership,” stated Karl Alexy, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety & Chief Safety Officer. “FRA’s work with Operation Lifesaver supports our mission to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods. As the Amtrak locomotive behind me states, ‘See Tracks? Think Train!’”
Said International Union of Railways (UIC) Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability, Isabelle Fonverne, “International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) is a worldwide initiative to improve awareness of level crossing safety. Since 2009 the campaign has been spearheaded by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, with the support of the railway community around the world. Learn more about ILCAD at ilcad.org. We are honored to be here to welcome the Operation Lifesaver locomotive to Denver. Together, we can #STOPTrackTragedies.”
“As Chair of the OLI board I am impressed with the organization’s steadfast commitment to the rail safety message over the years. Our reach has expanded thanks to the efforts of our state coordinators across the country, our federal and private partners as well as the work of staff and my fellow board members,” stated Jo Strang, Senior VP Safety, Regulatory and Environmental Policy at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. “Thank you to Amtrak for their continued partnership in sharing the rail safety message and for supporting Operation Lifesaver’s 50th anniversary with this commemorative locomotive that travels across the country sharing the rail safety message in a very visual way,” Strang continued.
“We urge everyone to join us in stopping track tragedies, making the safe choice around tracks and trains and by taking the rail safety pledge on our website, oli.org. We will continue with our mission critical work until the number of crossing and trespass incidents throughout the nation reaches zero,” Maleh concluded.
Operation Lifesaver offers free virtual or in-person rail safety presentations tailored to each audience to include photographers, truck drivers, K-12 students, new drivers, first responders, community groups and more. Sign up for a presentation at 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.
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.