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Marine Corps base will simulate train derailment

By | May 23, 2023

Exercise in Virginia will offer training for emergencies

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Blue and silver passenger train with Washington Monument in background
A Virginia Railway Express commuter train is heading south through Arlington, Va., with the Washington Monument looming in the background in 2011. The train will pass through Marine Corps Base Quantico, where a simulated derailment exercise will be held this week. Steve Glischinski

QUANTICO, Va. ­– On May 25, Marines and civilians from Marine Corps Base Quantico will respond to a simulated “derailment” on base, the Marine Corps Times reported. Approximately 180 Marines and 110 to 115 people who work for surrounding Prince William County will be involved in the exercise.

Representatives from the county come from the fire and police departments, departments of public safety communications, social services, community services, the office of emergency management and other departments. Local residents will also act as role players during the exercise.

“This exercise provides a realistic hands-on scenario for our first responders, emergency operations personnel and regional partners to test our mass casualty and family reunification procedures,” Brian Misner, Prince William County emergency management coordinator, said in a news release.

It has been more than a decade since the Marine base and the county conducted a full-scale exercise together, but the two entities regularly prepare for emergencies at a smaller scale, the Marine Corps Times said. Marine Corps Base Quantico is served by Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express commuter trains with a station on the base.

The base is home to many of the Corps’ training and education activities. It also houses the famous FBI training academy and another training academy for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

3 thoughts on “Marine Corps base will simulate train derailment

  1. The former Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac mainline goes right by the Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Quantico. I went there for my son’s graduation from OCS in 2016, and had a few hours between their fun run and a commander’s briefing for the parents, with nothing to do but railfan. The line was very busy and most of the trains were passenger. I wonder how much this exercise will affect other rail traffic on this line?

  2. Please read the article a bit closer…
    “Mass casualties” would indicate a passenger scenario. A freight train incident would not need the number of people/’casualties’ they seem to be planning for.
    “family reunification procedures” would lead to the same conclusion.

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