The City will simulate an emergency exercise in Simon’s Town to test the response of various agencies to a rail disaster.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise at the Simon’s Town railway station on Tuesday 2 February 2016, simulating a rail disaster.

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City Fire and Rescue Service, Metrorail, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Transnet, the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force, the National Sea Rescue Institute, Emergency Medical Services and Forenic Pathology Services.

The scenario will involve a train colliding with a diesel tanker en route to the Simon’s Town Naval Base, causing the train to catch alight. A hazardous spill will also form part of the scenario. Members of the public – pet owners in particular – are advised that smoke grenades and thunder flashes will be used.

The purpose of the exercise is to test response times of the various agencies, to test the Incident Command System and how the various role players work together, and to identify any shortcomings. The recent incident in Glencairn where a train caught alight, resulting in a fatality as well as a massive vegetation fire, makes the exercise all the more important.

A number of roads will be closed for the duration of the exercise, which runs from 10:00 until 14:00, as outlined below. Residents and businesses are advised to please take note of these closures:
· Red Hill Road and Main Road
· Red Hill Road and Palace Hill Road
· Palace Hill Road and Jubilee Street
· Waterfall Road and Main Road/St Georges Street

The City of Cape Town apologises for any inconvenience caused and appeals to the public to please comply with any requests from emergency services staff on the day.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Charlotte Powell, Head: Public Awareness and Preparedness, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 597j 5013 or Cell: 084 711 7710, E-mail: charlotte.powell@capetown.gov.za(please always copy media.account@capetown.gov.za)

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