Transit Police Officer Ariane Thibodeau and her partner, Shifty, demonstrate their explosive-detecting skills at Transit Police Headquarters.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be joined by Massachusetts and Boston emergency response officials to hold a full-scale training exercise today and tomorrowat the newly constructed MBTA Emergency Training Center on Foundry Street in South Boston.
The training exercise will coordinate a multi-agency response to the release of hazardous material.
“These types of exercises are vitally important as we continue to ensure the safety and security of the riding public,” said MBTA Transit PoliceChief Paul MacMillan. “This training facility was designed for this purpose so service would not have to be disrupted and our customers inconvenienced.”
According to transit officials, the drill will help maintain a high operational readiness for the EPA emergency responders and other federal, state and local partners.
Artificial hazardous materials will be released within the training environment, and training will focus on the characterization and decontamination of affected areas.
Responders will practice wearing fully encapsulating suits and breathing apparatus, as well as highly specialized boots and gloves.
“It is important for EPA officials and first responders to practice working under emergency conditions, because in those situations coordination amongst federal, state and local partners is vital and must be precise,” said EPA regional administrator Curt Spalding. “It is also important that our workers are current on all of their training, which requires extra practice.”
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