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D.C. Metro to test regional response to attacks in transit system with three safety exercises

Gunfire and explosions in the Metro system? Well, it's all going to be simulated this month during three drills designed to test Metro's response to such events and its coordination with law enforcement and emergency agencies throughout the Washington region.

In a press release, Metro officials said the exercises are planned for Feb. 12, 13 and 24.

"It's an unfortunate reality that we face the unknown risks, either natural or manmade. Metro and area emergency responders need to be prepared to respond to any form of terrorist attack or other crisis that would impact Metro's ability to provide essential transportation services in the National Capital Region," said Metro Transit Police Acting Chief Jeff Delinski. "It's critical to have the support and coordination of local and federal agencies that would simultaneously respond to a large-scale crisis occurring on Metro."

The first exercise is planned for Feb. 12 in the parking lot at RFK Stadium and will simulate an explosion on a Metrobus; the second will happen Feb. 13 and simulate an explosion in a train tunnel between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom-GWU stations; and the final drill will be Feb. 24 at Friendship Heights and will simulate reports of "active shooters" at the station.

Metro said participants will include police, fire and emergency medical services departments from Arlington County, Alexandria, the District, Fairfax County, Prince Georges' County, Montgomery County, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American Red Cross.

The exercises are being paid for through a $1.2 million federal grant.

By Michael Bolden  |  February 1, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , transit  | Tags: Metro, metro safety  
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I wish when Metro have these drills they include the resident managers of building over top of underground metro stations. I feel that if there is a disaster under the building the building could crash and kill or injure a lot of people. I have been saying this for a few years but no one listens.

Posted by: salamata1 | February 1, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This is dumber than dirt!

Test simulated gunfire and explosions, will the public be involved? will the public be informed? will all of the public involved in the excercise be required to sign release statements? If will the perpatrators of this travesty be arrested for first degree murder charges should any fatailties occur from any resultant panic?
If the first responders need to experience explosions and gunfire in their proximity, I am sure a live fire exercise could be conducted at Quantico for their thrills!

Posted by: LarryWoodmansee | February 2, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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