RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has a new Rail Auxiliary Team, or RAT Pack, to serve as volunteer officers to provide additional safety for rail lines.
Their jobs include reporting trespassers on railroad property, understanding railroad safety and basic railroad operations, be aware of suicide risks and helping with potential terrorism.
The 42 members completed their training on Saturday morning and were pinned.
Trains carrying people, and products ranging from coal to computers rumble through Reno 24/7, 365 days a year,” Rich Gent, a railroad safety and security advocate who developed and taught the RAT Pack’s training, said in a statement from the sheriff’s office. “Keeping these trains moving is vital to our national and local economy.”
Rail Auxiliary Team members are all active volunteers with the Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps, their RAT Pack training included topics such as:
Gent said the suicide prevention component of the training, taught by the Nevada state suicide prevention coordinator, is part of what makes the new RAT Pack so cutting edge. Volunteers reviewed a recent suicide near Las Vegas and received basic training on suicide prevention and what to look for should they see someone near or on railroad property.