Metro Rail Comprehensive Emergency Exercise a Success
On Thursday another train in Metro’s Shekou Line caught fire in a tunnel 50 meters from Wanxia station. The fire was caused by a flammable material carried by a passenger who created heavy smoke and caused multiple injuries and severely damaged the train. Or so it seems if the events actually happened.
The scene was part of a comprehensive emergency exercise initiated by the city’s emergency management center that did everything it can to make the emergency training as real as possible without any advance orchestration. In just two minutes after the start of the fire the city traffic emergency command center gave out orders to fire departments and health centers to launch rescue efforts and build medical stations.
Also during this time the operation control center started evacuating passengers from the train and closed Metro stations between Wanxia and Chiwan which brought inconvenience to other passengers and workers for several hours. The face this problem the center asked buses companies to arrange buses between Chiwan and Haiyue to pick up the stranded passengers. Although the buses were available there was still confusion among the stranded passengers around Shuiwan and Sea World Stations.
Metro staff and police started to direct the confused passengers to the bus queues and posted schedules the 90 minute long drill was the biggest in Metro’s history and involved 1,000 participants and by 2:45 pm Shekou Line operations was fully resumed.