Volunteers Sought for WMATA Full-scale Emergency Exercise Nov. 4

Posted at 1:30 p.m.

The Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking volunteers for a full-scale emergency exercise on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station, 6880 Frontier Drive, Springfield.

One of the main components of the exercise is the evacuation of a train on the roadway. Volunteers involved in the train evacuation could be on the train up to 60 minutes when the third rail power is de-energized to begin the exercise. Volunteers without mobility concerns should expect to access the roadway and walk back to an area of safety under the direction of the fire department.

Volunteers will act out the role of a Metro rider who is on the train at the time of the emergency and will be able to see first-hand how regional emergency responders handle the situation.

WMATA anticipates the volunteers arriving at 6:30 a.m., with the exercise beginning between 8:15-8:30 a.m. Volunteer participation should be over no later than noon, with the exercise completed no later than 2 p.m.

All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate in the exercise. Participation is limited to those 13 years of age and older. Anyone younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Volunteers will receive free parking (parking Information will be shared prior to the exercise), an ID badge for the exercise as well as refreshments on the morning of the exercise and water during the exercise. In addition to the opportunity to provide feedback after the exercise, WMATA also can sign for or provide documentation for volunteers who require it for certifications or program participation, including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other service organizations — just be sure to bring your form!

If you and/or a family member are interested in participating, register each person at WMATA full scale exercise Nov2018.

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