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USA: The Operation Lifesaver level crossing safety campaign organisation has started offering free Railroad Investigation & Safety Course training for first responders.

RISC replaces the Grade Crossing Collision Investigation Course, and can be provided in-person or virtually with sessions of 1 h to 4 h. First responders are walked through a rail incident from start to finish, with the course demonstrating various personal safety techniques.

‘Whether responding to an emergency call, maintaining on-scene safety or investigating a collision, important safety measures must be taken for the safety of first responders as well as the general public and train operators’, said Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Rachel Maleh. ‘RISC empowers first responders to keep themselves and the public safe when responding in this unique environment.’