Emergency Workers Train for Smoke in Tunnel Situations During Metro Drill | NBC4 Washington

Emergency Workers Train for Smoke in Tunnel Situations During Metro Drill

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    The Greensboro Metro station was closed to riders Sunday morning as first responders practiced what to do if smoke fills a tunnel. News4's Derrick Ward reports. (Published Sunday, June 26, 2016)

    First-responders conducted a full-scale emergency response drill at the Greensboro station on Sunday.

    The drill shut down the station from 8:30 a.m. until about 2 p.m., affecting service for some Metro riders in Fairfax County, Virginia.

    Fairfax County, Virginia, emergency crews and Metro Transit Police responded to a simulated smoke and fire incident on a Metro train in the tunnel between the Greensboro and Tysons Corner stations.

    "It's required by all first responders, so this is something that we really harp upon, and really just want to constantly train our people on," said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.

    Dozens of people emerged from a smoke-filled tunnel wearing color-coded tags based on their mock injuries. Some were carried out on carts and gurneys.

    The drill is one of several Metro has conducted since the deadly smoke emergency at L'Enfant Plaza on Jan. 12, 2015.

    Metrobus staff also used the drill as an opportunity to test an agreement with Fairfax County to provide shuttle bus service via Fairfax Connector between Greensboro and Spring Hill stations.