JCSO Partners with Railroads for Training
Halloween 2011 Information
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.
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.