The American Public Transportation Association recently awarded the 2004 Innovation Award to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for its Emergency Response Training Facility. This article describes the facility. The emergency response training facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to emergency personnel for training and improving response and rescue skills. The facility features a 260-foot tunnel with two rapid transit cars arranged to resemble a wreck. The replica tunnel is equipped with a simulated third rail, safety walk, track, switches, communications power cables and tunnel lighting. For realism, scenarios can be augmented with theatrical smoke, fire and heat. A command and control room adjacent to the tunnel allows tunnel activities to be monitored by 6 closed-circuit television cameras. Tunnel wall phones are hard-wired directly to this command and control room, allowing controllers to participate in the exercise. The facility allows for scenarios simulating smoke and fires, bomb blasts, hostage and rescue training, chemical or biological agents, train collisions and pedestrian collisions. Public safety personnel from a variety of military, transit and government agencies have completed training at the facility.


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  • Created Date: Feb 20 2005 12:00AM