Monday, June 27, 2016

Virginia: Full-Scale Emergency Drill Inside of Tunnel Shuts Down Greensboro Station


Metro Transit Police and Fairfax County will conduct a full-scale response drill Sunday, June 26, at the Greensboro Metrorail Station that will allow emergency personnel to practice the evacuation of a train during a simulated smoke and fire incident.

The exercise, which will take place inside the tunnel between Greensboro and Tysons Corner stations, will simulate real-world conditions to test coordination and communication between on-scene responders, Metrorail operations staff, Metro Transit Police and support personnel.

Metrobus operations staff will also use this drill as an opportunity to activate and test an agreement with Fairfax County to provide shuttle bus service via Fairfax Connector between Greensboro and Spring Hill stations.

The exercise will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude no later than 11 a.m. In addition to Metro Transit Police and Metrorail operations personnel, Fairfax County Fire, Fairfax County Police, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police also will participate in the event. More than 100 emergency responders and volunteers are expected to participate.

Metro conducts quarterly drills with emergency responders throughout the region.

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