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Become familiar with railroads operating in your area of jurisdiction and the types of products they regularly transport
Take note of grade crossings and develop a map of railroads in areas you patrol
Monitor grade crossings; educate violators and issue citations when necessary
Develop an emergency response plan for handling rail-related incidents
Keep a list of emergency contact numbers for each railroad operating in your area of jurisdiction
Become familiar with the railroads operating in your area of jurisdiction and the types of products they regularly transport
Ensure your team has an understanding of basic railroad operations, policies, and procedures
Develop an emergency response plan for handling railroad incidents
During an emergency, locate the blue and white Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign to contact the railroad
Direct callers to look for the blue and white Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign to quickly determine the location of the railroad emergency
Immediately contact the railroad responsible for the track
Determine if the incident involves a trespasser or a motor vehicle
Determine if there are additional dangers such as motor vehicles on the track or hazardous cargo
Ensure that your call center has a map of all railroads in your area as well as a policy for handling railroad incidents
This video brings a clear understanding to law enforcement officers the challenges associated with investigating highway-rail grade crossing collisions. It also provides information needed to complete a thorough railroad accident investigation by enhancing their investigative skills with the railroad related information. Law Enforcement officers possess the necessary skills to investigate roadway crashes, this film provides additional training related to highway-rail grade crossing collisions and trespasser incidents.