Disaster simulation today

2016-02-02 06:00

Your drive to and from town or work could be quite interesting today. But relax, there’s no disaster – it’s just a simulation.

The City of Cape Town’s disaster risk management centre is coordinating a safety exercise at the Simon’s Town railway station today, simulating a rail disaster.

The crossings of Red Hill Road and Main Road, Red Hill Road and Palace Hill Road, Palace Hill Road and Jubilee Street as well as Waterfall Road and Main Road will be closed from 10:00 to 14:00.

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 exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies, including City fire and rescue services, Metrorail, Prasa, Transnet, police, the defense force, the National Sea Rescue Institute, emergency medical services and forensic pathology services.

The purpose of the exercise is to test response times of the various agencies, to test the incident command system and how the various roleplayers work together, and to identify any shortcomings.

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