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DRPA to Stage Public Safety Drill at 15th/16th Street PATCO Station
DRPA Public Safety and Homeland Security Departments will partner with Philadelphia Fire and Police Departments
CAMDEN, NJ: The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and PATCO announced today that PATCO’s 15th/16th Street Station will close on Sunday, November 19th, from 8:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a public safety drill. The drill, a collaboration between the DRPA’s Public Safety and Homeland Security units, along with the Philadelphia Fire and Police Departments, will involve testing of emergency response equipment and protocols.
“As a steward of critical infrastructure assets that serve as major economic drivers within the region, we are committed to ensuring that every reasonable resource is deployed to protect their safety and security,” said DRPA CEO John T. Hanson. “While we maintain a constant state of readiness, there is tremendous value in working with our regional partners to conduct coordinated, strategic drills. This is one in a series of drill opportunities in which we engage on an ongoing basis and serves as an opportunity to even further prepare our teams for any and all potential situations.”
During the drill, PATCO trains will run on a standard Sunday schedule and all other stations will be serviced as usual. Commuters who generally access the PATCO Line through the 15th/16th Street Station (15th/16th and Locust Street) are encouraged to board through the 12th / 13th Street Station (12th / 13th and Locust Street). Residents and visitors in the area should expect to see emergency vehicles, first responders and increased activity in the area around the station during the drill. Streets may be blocked as they would be during an actual emergency. Every effort is being made to minimize disruptions while keeping the exercise realistic.
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