Washington D.C. Metro Adds Fire Liaison Staffer to ‘Nerve Center’

Metro has added a fire/rescue liaison to its “nerve center” following the fatal smoke incident in January, reports NBC Washington (http://bit.ly/1Gx8UGO)

In an announcement Monday, Metro said the new staff member in the Rail Operations Control Center will help coordinate communication between Metro and first responders in the event of an emergency.

The fire official will coordinate emergency response, develop policy recommendations and provide additional emergency training for controllers.

“The new fire/rescue liaison at the Rail Operations Control Center gives first responders ‘eyes and ears’ on Metrorail operations and will serve to further strengthen the coordination between our operations staff and emergency personnel,” Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said in a statement.

The post was created July 1, Metro said. Since then, the officer on duty has provided support for more than two dozen fire and EMS related incidents, Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said.

Since smoke filled a Metro train on Jan. 12, injuring dozens of people and killing a 61-year-old Alexandria woman, Metro has increased training and emergency drills and enhanced radio testing protocols.

A lack of coordination and cooperation between Metro and the D.C. Fire & EMS Department has been said to have contributed to the disaster.

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