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Operation Lifesaver launches e-learning tool for first responders


Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) is offering a free online "Rail Safety for First Responders" program to help raise safety awareness when responding to rail-related incidents.

The interactive learning program "brings attention to the choices first responders often make around tracks and trains and is intended to help them safely traverse highway-rail intersections," said OLI Interim President Wende Corcoran in a press release.

Although it can take extra caution to navigate a railroad crossing while heading to an emergency, ambulance drivers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and dispatchers can mitigate the risk by knowing what to do, Corcoran said.

Developed with input from first responders, OLI's e-learning program addresses railroad topics, crossing challenges, safety searches and incident responses.

OLI was able to create the program using funds from the Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Highway Administration.

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