Help Promote Rail Safety: Become an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer!

Have you ever wondered how you can help prevent track tragedies and encourage safety around railroads?

If you enjoy public speaking and would like to tell people about safety around the rails, please consider becoming an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer.


Each year, Operation Lifesaver’s network of authorized volunteers conduct free programs on rail safety education for hundreds of groups around the country.

Most are volunteers donating personal time to speak with schoolchildren, community organizations, driver ed classes, professional truck and bus drivers, emergency response personnel and law enforcement officers. No matter where they’re from, dedicated volunteers share a common goal: To reduce the likelihood of collisions between people/vehicles and trains through rail safety education.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Complete Authorized Volunteer E-Learning (“The AVE”) Course.
  • Attend a Face-to-Face training class to complete your Volunteer Training process.
  • Agree and abide by all policies and procedures in the Volunteer Application.
  • Volunteer at least two times per year to maintain your status.

View/complete the OLAV Online Application:

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. The team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages.

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