First-responder feedback from attendees at Amtrak’s RAILSAFE partner training program indicated a great demand for this training so that responding entities know how to approach, board, and respond on the train itself through hands-on learning. Actually touching the equipment that a responder will have to breach will cement and improve their response effectiveness and speed, and complement what they learned through the original RAILSAFE training.

In response, Amtrak will be piloting a 1-day hybrid RAILSAFE training program in 2021 that focuses on a hands-on railroad equipment experience within the context of responding to a terrorist/targeted violence event. It is critical that first responders know what they will be faced with when arriving on-scene. Named “RAILSAFE-Tactical”, classes will be held on and around actual train equipment specially detailed for the training. Components include a curriculum that incorporates elements of APD’s Rail Tactics training—which focuses on law enforcement first-response to an ongoing active attacker incident; Tactical EMS—which demonstrates the most safe and effective manner for medical or support personnel to respond to a train-related incident; and Passenger Train Emergency Response training (PTER)—which covers railroad and equipment-related familiarization.

Once the pilot is complete, APD intends to add RAILSAFE-Tactical to the FY2022 slate of RAILSAFE deliveries throughout the United States.

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