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Atlanta Streetcar and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Stage Disaster Drill to Test and Train for Emergency Response

Post Date:11/14/2017 10:14 AM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Antoinette Govan, Streetcar Communications Manager
404-865-8823, office
404-821-7480, cell

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

News Release

 Atlanta Streetcar and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Stage Disaster Drill to Test and Train for Emergency Response

ATLANTA The Atlanta Streetcar (ASC), in conjunction with Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD), will stage a full-scale Emergency Response exercise on Wednesday, November 15, at the Streetcar Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) located at 275 Auburn Avenue.

The event, which will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., is designed to test ASC’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 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 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for the event.  Motorists should use alternate routes to I-75/85 North during these hours.

The scenario for the November 15 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.

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