Civil Protection exercise on the Udine-Tarvisio line

The simulated rescue of train drivers from a train stopped due to a fire breaking out was conducted 

The communication flows and emergency operation procedures were verified. There was no impact on train traffic

Udine, 2 November 2021

A train departing from Ugovizza and heading to Pontebba stops on the tracks due to the engine overheating and smoke forming. This causes the train drivers to feel unwell during the initial intervention operations, just after the fire has started.

After the alarm is raised, the Movement Coordinator of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (FS Italiane Group) requests the intervention of the rescue structures.

The Fire Brigade intervenes, implementing all procedures envisaged for emergency operations through coordinating its own personnel along with the personnel of the Ferrovie dello Stato Group companies and 112 (as the common emergency telephone number for the EU).

This is the setting of the Civil Protection exercise that took place on Sunday morning, with the involvement of the Ferrovie dello Stato Group, the Prefecture of Udine, the Udine Command Fire Station, the 112 Emergency Service, along with the Civil Protection of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, the Municipality of Malborghetto Valbruna and the Trieste Railway Police Unit.

Particular attention was paid to verification of the procedures in the field to ensure the rapid arrival of assistance and the activation times of the first responders, along with the procedures and forms for accessing the tunnel of the bimodal vehicle supplied to the Fire Brigade of the Udine Command. Also checked were the methods of communication between the structures involved and the Operating Rooms.

The activity is part of the “Civil Protection Plan of Exercises for the FS Group” aimed at assessing the rescue operations in railway areas and along railway lines. The experience took place in compliance with the protocols envisaged for combating the Covid-19 health emergency.

There was no impact on train traffic.