City installs rail traffic notification system
December 22, 2014/ For Immediate Release
Airdrie, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie has installed cameras that monitor rail traffic in two places where the railway intersects with crossroads – Veterans Blvd and Yankee Valley Blvd.
The cameras provide a live feed directly into all three fire stations and when a train is crossing the intersection, the system sends text and email notifications to key fire department personnel.
“The rail monitoring system is another tool that we can use in our response to incidents in Airdrie,” says Chief Kevin Weinberger. “Community safety is our first priority and technology that helps us meet that priority is a good thing.”
All three Airdrie Fire Department stations receive all 911 calls; call type and location of the incident are factors in determining which station leads the response. If a 911 call comes in while the train is crossing either Yankee Valley Blvd or Veterans Blvd, Airdrie fire crews use the information from the camera monitor to determine an appropriate response strategy.
Airdrie Fire Department would like to remind the public that when they hear sirens or see emergency vehicles approaching - pull over when it is safe to do so and give emergency crews room to safely get to the incident.
Chief Kevin Weinberger
Airdrie Fire Department
403.948.8800 ext. 7881