Fairfax first responders learn in mock train derailment


About 70 members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department participated in a mock train derailment on Saturday night. 

 Members of the department take part in the drill about every two years. It was organized by Virginia Railway Express. 

 Saturday’s scenario involved a commuter train detailing on tracks in the woods in Springfield, Va. 

 Firefighters had to access the train and remove the wounded, played by volunteers. The victims had a wide variety of injuries that responders had to prioritize and get treatment. 

 Officials say their response in the drill is being critiqued. The lessons will be used to apply to a real-life situation.

 “Fairfax County has nearly 29 passenger trains passing through every day. So the likelihood of an event is relatively good for our county so we like to practice and be ready for whatever the eventualities are,” said Capt. Dave Sellers. 

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