Your Safety 1st: Railroad Crossing Safety for Emergency Responders
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2003-121
This bulletin notes two firefighter fatalities that involved fatal collisions between fire vehicles and oncoming trains at railroad crossings. As practical steps for reducing risk, the bulletin recommends that fire departments plan routes to avoid railroad crossings. If crossings cannot be avoided, the bulletin recommends that fire departments plan routes to include crossings with active warning devices, such as flashing lights and gates, and with a clear line of sight along the track in both directions.