Feds award $50K to address PTSD in train crews

Posted on February 7, 2011

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awarded a $50,000 grant to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to design a program that will mitigate the onset and development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Distress Disorder (ASD) in train crews and other railroad personnel.

PTSD/ASD are frequently suffered by train crews after being involved in collisions at highway-rail grade crossings or trespass incidents involving pedestrians, the two leading causes of fatalities in the railroad industry.

The NFFF will bring recognized experts in research and practice together with representatives of railway labor organizations and railroad management to examine promising and effective practices in other industries to develop a baseline intervention plan suitable for use by rail carriers, their unions and others.

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