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City participates in emergency simulation

Post Date:05/17/2017 2:58 PM
  SMF participates in regional emergency simulation on May 17, 2017
   Photo Credit: Eric Sawyer, North County Transit District

On Tuesday, May 16, the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Department joined North County Transit District (NCTD) in a full-scale mass casualty emergency drill along the railway in San Marcos. The exercise simulated a regional train versus bus collision near Mission Avenue and Valpreda Road and gave city staff and emergency workers an opportunity to practice their response to a crisis.

“The goal was to test emergency response and communications between North County Transit District, dispatch and emergency personnel coordinated through unified command,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey.  

In addition to the San Marcos Fire and NCTD, regional participants included the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Oceanside Police Department, American Medical Response, CAL FIRE, Deer Springs Fire Protection District, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District,  and Escondido, Carlsbad and Vista fire departments. NCTD's bus operator, First Transit, and rail operator, Bombardier, also participated in the exercise.  Donning wound makeup, volunteers from the emergency medical technician program at Palomar College played the part of victim. 

“Emergency preparedness is a top priority for the City of San Marcos,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Drills like this help us ensure staff are well trained and ready to respond while showing us how we can improve our ability to react to any disaster.”

This simulation was part of an ongoing effort to conduct emergency simulations throughout the NCTD system and test multi-agency response. 

For more information, please call the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050. 

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