OL launches new VR training videos for emergency responders

We depend on first responders every day. They provide critical assistance to Canadians in emergency situations. But being a paramedic, police officer or a firefighter can be hazardous work. First responders often rush to the scene of emergencies—and this can be dangerous if they don’t follow the rail safety rules en route, and aren’t mindful of trains when positioning their equipment near tracks.

As part of Rail Safety Week 2021 (September 20 to 26) Operation Lifesaver (OL) Canada is launching three new Train to Drive virtual-reality (VR) videos designed to teach emergency responders how to stay safe around railway crossings, tracks and trains. The new interactive training videos test whether police, paramedics, and firefighters know how to safely respond to emergencies near railways, including how to safely approach crossings and how to position equipment near railway tracks.

“First responders are important safety partners, and they play an essential role when emergencies occur,” says Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. “We produced these videos to help keep them safe, and to ensure that they’re not putting their own lives in jeopardy when they respond to emergencies near tracks and trains.”

Staying safe means knowing the rail safety rules

OL’s new Train to Drive videos allow emergency responders to make choices in real time around virtual railway tracks and trains, and to see the results—both good and tragic—without putting their own safety at risk.

If you’re a first responder, you can experience OL’s new Train to Drive videos for yourself by visiting TraintoDrive.ca and clicking the video link. Test your knowledge today―it could save your life while you’re working to save someone else’s.