We appreciate our volunteers and are always looking for new volunteers throughout the state of Texas, who can meet our stringent requirements.

Please note that it is not a prerequisite for someone to be a railroad employee, or to have a railroad background, in order to be a volunteer for Texas Operation Lifesaver. In fact, we welcome people from all walks of life, and we strive for diversity in our volunteer pool.


Before you can conduct presentations to the public, you must complete an online classroom training assignment, and then attend a one-day face-to-face session with other applicants. When a face-to-face session is scheduled in your area, we will send you the online training link approximately 45 days before the session start date.

As an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer (OLAV), you will conduct presentations on your own time. Being accepted as an OLAV does not necessarily imply that your employer will compensate you for travel expenses or time off from work.

Presentations to Groups

Below is a list of some of the groups that an OLAV may conduct presentations for:

  • School Bus Drivers
  • Driver Education Students
  • School Students
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Departments
  • Trucking and Transportation Industry
  • Civic Groups
  • Town Hall meetings
  • Businesses and Corporations
  • State, City and County Employees
  • General Public and others

Groups may range in size from 2 to more than 200 at a time. Individual presentations can be relatively brief; however, volunteer days can be long due to preparation time, travel, and other considerations.

Background and Skills:

  • Public speaking ability (public speaking background or willingness to learn)
  • Computer skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Punctual
  • Clean and neat appearance; usually requiring business casual attire
  • No use of tobacco while at a venue or while representing Texas Operation Lifesaver in any way

Equipment needed:

  • Laptop computer
  • Access to a projector (many venues may already have this, but it helps if you have one or can borrow one)
  • Reliable transportation to and from venues


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