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JCSO Partners with Railroads for Training
(April 18, 2012)

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Deputies Partner with Railroads

Grade Crossing Crash Investigation Course 2012

While many businesses have been showing minimal growth, one area industry has been booming. Thanks to fuel efficiency and the capabilities to haul large quantities of materials, area railroad traffic has been increasing. The continuing rise of gasoline and diesel fuel will likely cause this trend to continue, and rail traffic will likely continue to increase as industries seek more economical ways to move their products.

As a result of this increased rail traffic and the projected growth in Johnson County, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from area railroads to conduct training a Grade Crossing Crash Investigation (GCCI) course.

Thanks to the generous assistance of our partners at the Indiana Rail Road Company, Norfolk Southern Railroad, CSXT, and Operation Lifesaver, the Sheriff's Office hosted its first local GCCI Course. Law Enforcement officers from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Bargersville, Greenwood, and Whiteland Police Departments attended the class which was held in the new Indianapolis Station at the Indiana Rail Road Company's Senate Avenue Terminal in Indianapolis. This beautiful new facility was the perfect setting for officer's to learn and discuss the classroom portion of this Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certified curriculum. 

The course allowed officers to learn techniques for crash investigation involving rail equipment, information about train speeds, horn/bell/light warning capabilities and requirements, several types of braking systems, hazardous components of locomotive engines, a refresher of statutory enforcement codes and documentation of train GCCI’s on the Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report form. 

The second half of the day was spent in the Senate Avenue Yard of the Indiana Rail Road Company taking a firsthand look inside locomotive engines, and learning about uses of many types of freight and passenger rail cars.  Officer’s learned the safe and proper method of boarding freight cars to reach the opposite side of an incident, the best methods to extract medically disabled locomotive engineers or passengers in a passenger cars, and options for shutting down a locomotive engine should the need arise. 

Those attending gave the course high remarks and another course will likely be planned in 2013.

Special thanks to our guest instructor Special Agent Rick from the Norfolk Southern Police Department (who came from St. Louis to teach this course) and INRD Trainmaster Ed for the excellent instruction.

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