Mike Lovecchio, Mayor Ange Qualizza, and Chris Gingras stand alongside RCMP officers at the unveiling of the new railway safety decals. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

City of Fernie installs new railway safety decals

Part of Rail Safety Week, the initiative promotes railway safety at one of Fernie’s busy crossings

In honour of this year’s Rail Safety Week, running from Sept. 21 until Sept. 27, the City of Fernie installed a number of railway safety decals at the Fourth Street and First Avenue railway crossing.

The initiative is a part of Operation Lifesaver’s Community Safety Partnership Program, promoting rail safety awareness and public education in an effort to prevent collisions at crossings.

“The railroad runs right through the heart of town and is an indelible part of the fabric of our community,” said Mayor Ange Qualizza.

“Promoting awareness and helping people make safe decisions around tracks and trains are important initiatives that help contribute to the safety of our residents and visitors.”

The decals alert pedestrians to ‘look, listen and live’, and are positioned on both sides of the sidewalk.

“We are very happy to have the decals in place for Rail Safety Week,” said Mike Lovecchio, Director of Government Affairs for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

“There is no steering wheel aboard the train. Given the amount of foot traffic that comes over this crossing, it is helpful for people to always expect the train, to always look both ways, and to never stay around the crossing when its active. That way we can all stay safe.”

The Community Safety Partnership Program is currently taking place in 39 municipalities throughout the country. For more information, visit operationlifesaver.ca.



reporter@thefreepress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Community

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

test tube with the blood test is on the table next to the documents. Positive test for coronavirus covid-19. The concept of fighting a dangerous Chinese disease.
Interior Health records third COVID-19 death

A new community outbreak was reported at Okanagan Men’s Centre in Lake Country

NAV CANDA is considering closing its station at the West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline
Nav Canada considering closing station at West Kootenay Regional Airport

The organization is conducting a service review at Castlegar’s airport

Signs are posted at the entrance of newly deactivated roads. (Photo Contributed)
Road Rehabilitation & Access Management Workshop cancelled

The event was scrapped as a result of new social distancing expectations

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
FAR winter operations released

Pass-holders at FAR will not have to book ahead to visit the resort

A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Bears turn in for winter (soon)

Snow, longer nights and less food means the Elk Valley’s resident bear population will make itself scarce soon

Sooke’s Paul Larouche enjoys gold panning along the Sooke River, looking for small treasures. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
VIDEO: Island man finds niche audience by gold-panning on YouTube

Paul Larouche, 29, with over 215,000 subscribers, opens up about his journey

This house at 414 Royal Ave. became notorious for its residents’ and visitors’ penchant for attracting police. It was also the site of a gruesome torture in August 2018. It was demolished in 2019. KTW
6-year sentence for Kamloops man who helped carve ‘rat’ into flesh of fellow gang member

Ricky Dennis was one of three men involved in the August 2018 attack

Cpl. Nathan Berze, media officer for the Mission RCMP, giving an update on the investigation at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 30. Patrick Penner photo.
VIDEO: Prisoner convicted of first-degree murder still at large from Mission Institution

When 10 p.m. count was conducted, staff discovered Roderick Muchikekwanape had disappeared

Among the pumpkin carvings created this year by Rick Chong of Abbotsford is this tribute to fallen officer Cont. Allan Young.
Abbotsford pumpkin carver’s creations include fallen police officer

Rick Chong carves and displays 30 pumpkins every year

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An online fundraising campaign in support of the six-year-old boy, Edgar Colby, who was hit by a car on Range Road Oct. 25 has raised more than $62,000 in a day. (Submitted)
$62K raised in 1 day for boy in coma at BC Children’s after being hit by vehicle in Yukon

The boy’s aunt says the family is “very grateful” for the support they’ve received from the community

The Kimberley Dynamiters' next two exhibition games have been postponed due to an individual testing positive for COVID-19. Paul Rodgers file.
Member of Kimberley Dynamiters tests positive for COVID-19

Exhibition games in Fernie, Creston postponed

Health care employees take extensive precautions when working with people infected or suspected of having COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
WorkSafeBC disallows majority of COVID-19 job injury claims

Health care, social services employees filing the most claims

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday October 28, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Conversion therapy ban gets approval in principle, exposes Conservative divisions

Erin O’Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs

Most Read