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About Arizona Operation Lifesaver?

"Operation Lifesaver" is a nationwide, non-profit public safety education and outreach program designed to eliminate collisions, deaths and injuries at rail crossings and rights-of-way. Arizona joined Operation Lifesaver in 1979. Operation Lifesaver is now an international program and is supported by national and state organizations, as well as the railroads.

Arizona Operation Lifesaver wants you and your family to be safe around highway-rail grade crossings and trains! Our volunteer speakers, called Presenters, are available, free of charge, to provide important safety information to professional truck and bus drivers, school bus drivers, drivers education classes, elementary school students, law enforcement and emergency responders, and other civic organizations.

Arizona Operation Lifesaver is a statewide, non-profit public awareness and education program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities, and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad property. 

To accomplish its mission, Arizona Operation Lifesaver promotes the three Es:

Education: Operation Lifesaver strives to increase public awareness about the dangers around the rails. The program seeks to educate both drivers and pedestrians to make safe decisions at crossings and around railroad tracks. 

Engineering: Operation Lifesaver encourages continued engineering research and innovation to improve the safety of railroad crossings.

Enforcement: Operation Lifesaver promotes active enforcement of traffic laws relating to crossing signs and signals and private property laws related to trespassing. 


Herman Ray Bernal, ADOT
State Safety & Security Oversight Program Manager
Multimodal Planning Division
206 S. 17th Avenue Mail Drop 310B
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-712-6095
Mobile: 602-881-9747
Fax: 602-712-3046

Vice President
Mr. Chris Watson
Railroad Safety Inspector
Grade Crossings
Arizona Corporation Commission
2200 N. Central Ave., Suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Office Phone: 602-262-5601
Cell: 602-320-6219


Sterling Skouson
15707 E Appleby Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85298

State Coordinator AZOL
* ** Mr. Doug Farler
Union Pacific Railroad
3622 W. Trevor Drive
Tucson, AZ 85741
Cell Phone: 520-444-9443
Fax: 520-744-6440
Home Phone: 520-744-6744

* AZ OL Official spokesperson

**Regional Coordinators and Other Official AZ OL Spokespersons

Board Members

Adrian Ruiz
Director Safety and Security
Valley Metro
101 N. 1st Avenue #1300
Phoenix AZ 85003
Office: 602-523-6054
Cell: 602-228-0125

Mr. Gene Holmerud
Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists
P.O. Box 54488
Phoenix, AZ 85078-4488
Office Phone: 602-243-6136
Fax: 877-796-9047


Jake Jacobson, President/CEO
Copper Basin Railway, Inc
Highway 177 Hayden Junction
P.O. Drawer I
Hayden, AZ 85235

Dan Nascarella
Safety Security officer
Sun Link

Herbert Wagner
University of Arizona, Director Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety
220 W. 6th Street, B228
P.O. Box 210300
Tucson, AZ 85721
Office: 520-621-7691, 520-621-1790

Todd C. Walters
Manager of Public Safety
Union Pacific Railroad
631 S. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phn: 602-322-2511
Cel: 602-214-2722


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No part of these materials may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means
for any commercial purpose without permission in writing from Arizona Operation Lifesaver, Inc. 
Page last updated: August 29, 2018

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