Dis­as­ter drill to test emer­gency re­sponse

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - COUNTY BY COUNTY - PAMELA MILLER FOR THE AJC

The At­lanta Street­car, in con­junc­tion with At­lanta Fire Res­cue Depart­ment, will stage a fullscale Emer­gency Re­sponse ex­er­cise today at the Street­car Ve­hi­cle Main­te­nance Fa­cil­ity lo­cated at 275 Auburn Av­enue.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon, is de­signed to test ASC’s Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dure com­pli­ance with ac­ti­vat­ing the no­ti­fi­ca­tion process in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and test AFRD’s re­sponse time for work­ing in an ac­tual cri­sis with the Street­car in­volved.

Fort Street be­tween Auburn Av­enue and Edge­wood Av­enue will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon for the event. Mo­torists should use al­ter­nate routes to I-75/85 North dur­ing these hours.

The sce­nario for today’s drill is a fire at the Ve­hi­cle Main­te­nance Fa­cil­ity, which houses the At­lanta Street­car fleet and of­fices for staff mem­bers. Dur­ing the drill, mock ex­er­cises will uti­lize smoke ma­chines and other Fire Res­cue equip­ment. Res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers in the area should be aware that real life sights and sounds may be seen and heard along the pe­riph­ery of the VMF on Auburn and Edge­wood Av­enues with a va­ri­ety of re­sponse ve­hi­cles in the area. Nor­mal emer­gency op­er­a­tions will not be af­fected by the drill. Di­rec­tors of the ex­er­cise have the au­thor­ity to can­cel the drill at any time if re­sources are needed for an emer­gency.

In­for­ma­tion: www.the­at­lanta street­car.com.

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