Nash County NC firefighters and EMS star in rescue movie

CarolinaFireJournal - Bob Bartosz
Bob Bartosz RMFD
07/05/2011 -

Shortly after 8 a.m. on May 16, 2011, firefighters from Rocky Mount, Nashville, Coopers Fire Companies, along with Nash County EMS units responded to a Train/Vehicle Collision on the railroad tracks on Old Spring Hope Road. When the units arrived they found a mangled car that had been struck by a freight train with a male occupant trapped inside. Firefighters went to work using the jaws of life while EMS stabilized the victim.


Story and Photos by Bob Bartosz RMFD Photographer

This was not a real life drama but a staged event orchestrated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the N.C, Highway Patrol. They were making a safety movie for the NCDOT Rail Division. The Rail Division felt the need for more public education in railroad crossing safety. 

When completed, the movie video will be distributed to law enforcement agencies and fire and rescue departments, and also to the general public.

The stars of this movie video were not Hollywood actors, but the local Nash County firefighters and the Nash County EMS and Rescue personnel. The goal of the movie video was to advise the public when approaching a train crossing — Stop, Look and Listen — this could possibly save your life.

More than 2,000 people are killed each year with a train collision.

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