Wyoming Operation Lifesaver (WY OL) 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. Operation Lifesaver promotes rail safety through public awareness campaigns and education initiatives, including free safety presentations by authorized volunteers. 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 at railroad crossings and railroad rights-of- way within our communities. WY OL was founded in 1985 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit orgaization. WY OL is also a part of a national nonprofit program known as Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI).
Why is Operation Lifesaver Needed?
Sadly, every year people in Wyoming 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.
How YOU can help!
Operation Lifesaver wants you and your neighbors to be safe around tracks and trains! Our volunteer speakers are available, free-of-charge, to provide important railroad safety information to the community audiences in addition to professional truck and commercial bus drivers, school bus drivers, young adult drivers, driver education classes, middle and elementary school students, law enforcement and emergency responders. For free safety presentations or specialized training for emergency responders, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, on the OLI home page or by clicking here: https://oli.org/education-resources/request-a-presenter
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: https://oli.org/training/volunteer-for-oli
WY OL Events
WY OL Safety Partners
Below are some of our valuable safety partners:
Railroad Partners - BNSF, UPRR, Bighorn Divide and Wyoming Railroad, and Rail Link. State Agencies - WYDOT, WYDOE, Federal Partners - FRA, FHWA, USDOT, NHTSA Other Partners - Wyoming Broadcasters Association, Wyoming Trucking Association Council of Safety Supervisors , SafeKids of Wyoming, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Douglas Railroad Musuem, Sherman Hill Model Railroad Club
WY OL Statistics
So far in 2019 Wyoming has had Three collisions at Rail Grade crossings, luckily nobody was injured. We have also had 2 Trespassers injured along the railroad tracks.
I know this doesn't sound like much but One is One to many. When you See Tracks? Think Train!
Railroad property is private and you need permission to be along the tracks.