Contact California Operation Lifesaver
Phone: 760-688-0588
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (800) 537-6224

Operation Lifesaver, Inc
Rail Safety education makes California communities safer.

CAOL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public safety organization committed to reducing the number of tragic incidents at highway-rail grade crossing intersections and trespassing at railroad rights-of-way. By making free Operation Lifesaver presentations to all age groups and to various professions (bus drivers, professional truck drivers, law enforcement, and first responders), our organization educates the public on how to make good decisions around railways in order to stay safe and alive. Supported by group-appropriate visual materials, videos, and brochures, these presentations encourage the citizens of California to become active participants in the rail safety of their communities. In 2008, our certified presenters gave 900 presentations to 29,500 people and spoke to approximately 47,000 more at 216 community events throughout the state.


AmtrakBurlington Northern Santa Fe RailwayCalifornia Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Division of RailCalifornia Northern Railroad • Modesto & Empire Traction Company • North County Transit District • Operation Lifesaver, Inc. • Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) • Richmond Pacific Railroad • Sacramento Regional Transit District • San Diego Trolley, Inc. • San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission - Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)Santa Clara Valley Transportation AutoritySouthern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) • Union Pacific Railroad

Advanced Communications Integration, Inc.
BNSF Railway
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
California Highway Patrol
California Public Utilities Comission
Coach America
Corporate Specialties, Inc.
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Railroad Administration
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Los Angeles Police Department
Manteca Police Department
North County Transit District
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Orange County Transportation Authority
Orange County Unified School District
Pacific Harbor Line
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)
Renzenberger, Inc.
Robert Leabow, Webmaster
Sacramento Regional Transit District
San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society
San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni)
San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission - Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)
San Marcos Unified School District
Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
Union Pacific Railroad

California Operation Lifesaver Board


David Gunther, Chair
Retired Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

Martha Jimenez, Vice-Chair
Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)

Steve Walker, Secretary
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)

Tina Buell, Treasurer
California Highway Patrol


Lauren Clauson
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Division of Rail

Arthur Lloyd
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)

Fred Payne
BNSF Railway

Steve Smith
Retired, Los Angeles Sheriff

Terry Morris
Union Pacific Railroad

John Cockle

Jim Martino

California Operation Lifesaver is more than a federally funded not-for-profit entity. We rely on the support of private citizens and corporations, state and local transit organizations, and our energetic team of volunteers and members, all of whom have the CAOL mission statement at the heart of their dedicated participation: to eliminate, through Education, Enforcement and Engineering, collisions at grade crossings and on privately owned railroad property.