Train Accidents

Possibly eligible for TCOLE 3852

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Course Goal

This course will cover the different types of train accidents, and the hazards associated with each type of accident.

Train accidents have a high probability of fatality or serious injury. Telecommunicators must be able to act quickly to ensure the safety of the caller, bystanders, and responders. 

Many trains carry hazardous materials. Telecommunicators should be familiar with the resources available to identify these hazards. 

Introduction

This course will cover basic train terminology, the major railways in the United States, and the different types of train accidents which occur each year. The course will cover calls involving train accidents and resources available for train accidents.

Curriculum

Course Documentation

  • Online Course Acknowledgement
  • Platform Upgrade
  • Expectations for Online Students
  • Learning Objectives
  • Audio/Videos
  • Train Accidents Worksheet

Introduction

01:38

  • Introduction
  • Video Transcript: Police Officer Barely Avoids Being Struck by Metra Train in Mokena
  • VIDEO: Police officer barely avoids being struck by Metra train in Mokena
  • Knowledge Checkpoint

Train Terminology

02:46

  • Train Terminology
  • Locomotive Engineer and Railroad Conductor Jobs
  • Knowledge Checkpoint

Major Railways

03:29

  • Major Railways
  • Journey of a Single Car on the BNSF Network
  • Knowledge Checkpoint

Train Accidents

02:41

  • Train Accidents
  • Texarkana Train Derailment and Explosions
  • NTSB Report on Texarkana Train Derailment - Info only, includes info regarding 9-1-1 calls, and emergency response
  • Transcript: Stop. Trains Can't. PSA.
  • Stop. Trains Can't. PSA
  • Knowledge Checkpoint

Calls Regarding Train Accidents

02:50

  • Calls Involving Trains
  • Calm Teen Calls 911 After Train Severs Feet 'I Think It Cut Them Off'
  • 911 calls released from deadly Amtrak train derailment
  • Knowledge Checkpoint

Railway Resources

  • Railway Resources - Downloadable
  • Railroad Crossing Locator

Conclusion

  • Conclusion

Final Exam

  • Final Exam

Course Evaluation

  • Course Evaluation

About Your Instructor

Tina Chaffin

Tina Chaffin

9-1-1 Training Specialist

I have over 20 years of experience as a 9-1-1 Telecommunicator/Trainer. I have experience in PSAPs large and small. I am passionate about training and public education.

I currently hold the following certifications: 

  • NENA ENP
  • APCO RPL
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Advanced Instructor
  • Texas Department of Public Safety Associate and TLETS Instructor
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Instructor


I have been providing continuing education training modules for Telecommunicators for over 5 years.  

tina@training911heroes.com

Learning Objectives

Recite 2017 train accident statistics.

Define words associated with trains.

List the major railways in the United States.

Explain the different kinds of train accidents.

Discuss proper questions and instructions for calls involving train accidents.

Relate resources available for train accidents.