Mission Statement

California Operation Lifesaver is an independent non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the State of California. 

California Operation Lifesaver provides free 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.

Teaching Californians to be safe around trains.

Every year hundreds of people die needlessly on or around California’s railroad tracks. Through free presentations, rail safety events, targeted web videos, media campaigns and more, California Operation Lifesaver is working hard to bring that number down to zero.


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.