Prepare for a Metro Shootout at Friendship Heights

Don't worry, it's just a drill

By Arlene Borenstein
|  Monday, Feb 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:01 PM EDT
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Prepare for a Metro Shootout at Friendship Heights

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Multiple law enforcement agencies will respond to a shootout at the Friendship Heights Metro station at about midnight Wednesday and Thursday.

The folks who live in the area will be happy to know, however, that the shootout is really just a drill.

The Metro Transit Police Department's special response team, the FBI, police, fire, and emergency medical services personnel from the District and Montgomery County have planned an emergency response exercise.

The drill will test the communication and joint response of all these agencies in the event of a major incident on the Metrorail or Metrobus, according to Metro's website.

"It’s important to test and practice our response to this type of crisis that would impact Metro’s ability to provide safe and essential transportation services,” said Metro Transit Police Acting Chief Jeff Delinski.

Speaking of transportation services, Metro should not be delayed.   In fact, the drill will take place as soon as the Metrorail system closes.

They do warn that if you live in the area of Friendship Heights, you will see police activity until about 3:30 a.m.

The exercises are funded with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative Grant.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Fire Chiefs scored the $1.2 million grant, which is managed by the Arlington County Fire Department.

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