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CTRail Safety Drill this Saturday

Posted on September 11, 2019 by admin


I would like to notify you that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be conducting a simulated rail accident training drill for the Shoreline East and Hartford Lines on Saturday, September 14th between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Belle Dock rail yard at 435 East Street, New Haven.

Please do not be alarmed, as the drill will appear and sound like a realistic head-on collision. It will include volunteer passengers, including Boy Scout Troop 7 of Clinton, who will simulate injuries for the training of on-duty emergency responders (fire, police and Sponsor Hospital Area Reponse Physicians).

After the drill concludes, a debrief session will occur where participants share their observations and discuss their insights to disseminate and reinforce vital information. The drill is required by the Federal Railroad Administration, and is an important component of DOT’s ongoing safety training and reinforcement practices.

It is designed to reinforce and fine-tune the efficacy of emergency response protocols of train crews, dispatchers, first responders, and others, as well as the coordination and real-life application of communication and chain-of-command protocols.

The DOT requests that media and the public do not attempt to be onsite for the simulation training exercise so that first responders, volunteers, train operator personnel, and other key parties can focus on the exercise fully.

Please feel free to share this information with others who may be in the New Haven area on Saturday.