BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Different law enforcement agencies from across the state spent Wednesday at the CSX Railway in Navassa, learning how to respond to an accident on the railroad tracks and prevent them from happening.
The U.S. Army (Sunny Point), along with Operation Lifesaver conducted a Grade Crossing Collision Investigation Course on Wednesday.
The course is designed to prepare and educate area emergency management, first responders and law enforcement in emergency and investigation procedures for a post railroad incident or disaster.
Several area law enforcement agencies including Brunswick County Sheriff traffic division, NC Highway Patrol and several departments throughout the state got a hands-on experience, learning everything from post investigations to traffic enforcement and HAZMAT situations.
Although the course is taught 5 times per year in NC, this is the first time in 5 years the course has been taught in the Brunswick /Pender County area.
Most agencies were eager to attend the course remembering the train incident that occurred in Bladenboro last February.
Sergeant Brian Hakey from Sunny Point says it's especially important for law enforcement in our area to be ready for any dangerous situation. "In Brunswick County and Wilmington, we do rely quite a bit on our railroad system," said Hakey. "So this training is pretty unique, but very specific to our area."
Organizers hope this event will kick start their push for safer railways across the country. Railroad Safety Week begins on May 7.
Instructors say they plan to have a similar type of training for firefighters in our area in the near future.
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