Accident simulation among National Rail Safety Week activities
On Wednesday May 1, first responders, industry and students will stage a “car versus train” accident designed to educate students about rail crossing safety as part of activities for National Rail Safety Week.
Ambulance NB, Saint John Fire Department, NB Southern Railway, NB Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, Transport Canada and Saint John High School students are among those participating.
The Saint John Fire Department’s heavy rescue unit will respond to the event to remove victims and utilize the “Jaws of Life” to extricate a rescue dummy.
Representatives from the responding agencies will then speak to students at an assembly following the event.
“This “real life” exercise is a great way for students to witness and then to get the perspective of the people who respond,” says Fire Chief Kevin Clifford, Saint John Fire Department.
About Operation Lifesaver and National Rain Safety Week
Operation Lifesaver is a national public safety program sponsored by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada. It works with provincial safety councils, police, unions, railways, the trucking industry, and community groups to help reduce crossing collisions and trespassing incidents along Canada’s railways in communities across the country.
Highway/railway crossing collisions have fallen to their lowest level in more than a decade, but trespassing incidents have taken a recent, surprising turn for the worse.
Transport Canada continues to support this important public awareness initiative and continues to work with our partners to reduce the number of unnecessary injuries and fatalities that occur every year.
The program has an excellent track record, and has helped to reduce crossing collisions and trespasser incidents by some 60 per cent since Operation Lifesaver’s introduction to Canada in 1981.
The week officially runs from April 29-May 5, 2013 and will include numerous local events and activities across Canada including Officer on the Train initiatives, broadcast of radio and television public service announcements, Operation Lifesaver presentations by volunteers in schools, mall displays, media interviews, conferences and speeches to community groups.
Events in New Brunswick include a number of crossing blitzes and a trucking information event.