Even though the mission of the NRHS is primarily railway preservation, there is another type of preservation that we proudly support: Operation Lifesaver. Operation Lifesaver is an international, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way.
To accomplish this mission, operation lifesaver promotes the 3 “E’s”:
Education – Operation Lifesaver strives to increase public awareness about the dangers around the rails. This aspect of the program seeks to educate both drivers and pedestrians to make safe decisions at railroad crossings and around railroad tracks.
Enforcement – Operation Lifesaver promotes active enforcement of traffic laws relating to crossing signs and signals and private property laws related to trespassing.
Engineering – Operation Lifesaver encourages continued engineering research and innovation to improve the safety of railroad crossings.
How NRHS Members Can Get Involved in Operation Lifesaver
The NRHS encourages its members to become involved in the program. The program is organized at the state level and each state has a State Coordinator. The contact information for each State Coordinator is available at Operation Lifesaver, Inc.’s, website: www.oli.org
Interested members should contact their State Coordinator and discuss the various opportunities that are available for volunteers in their state. Many members of NRHS become Certified Presenters and make Operation Lifesaver Presentations to a wide variety of groups within their state. Targeted groups for these presentations are school children, driver education classes, school bus drivers, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, emergency responders and various civic groups. For more information about Operation Lifesaver, visit their website at: www.oli.org.