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Albertville first responders get specialized training as part of state-wide tour

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville first responders are taking part in a state-wide tour that teaches safety when responding to an incident on or around train tracks.

Albertville Police and firefighters were the audience at a stop on a state-wide tour Thursday. “We are in Albertville today as part of a 40 city rail safety tour,” Operation Lifesaver Alabama Executive Director Nancy Hudson says. “Alabama Operation Lifesaver’s program is 40 years old this year, and we decided to take our safety message on the road.”

Albertville is just one stop in the state-wide tour. The responders are learning safety tips when responding to a call on or near tracks. “Alabama is currently number six in the nation for the number of vehicle – train collisions,” Hudson explains.

The program doesn’t just target first responders on this tour. “We have different activities that we offer each city, and of course we’re picking cities that have rail traffic for starters, but it’s going to be some of the bigger cities that we’re wanting to target with a lot of track,” Hudson says.

The goal is to bring the number of incidents down to zero. “All we’re trying to do is reach out and reestablish a partnership between Operation Lifesaver and local government to let them know that we’re here for them for specialized training, for safety presentations at schools, businesses, civic groups,” Hudson says, “Everything we do is free.”

The tour takes several months, having stared in April and running until November.  Other cities included in the tour are Fort Payne, Scottsboro, Huntsville, and Decatur.