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October 21, 2009

Documentary revisits response to DC Metro crash

By Jamie Thompson
EMS1 Senior Editor

The efforts of first responders following the deadliest accident in the history of the D.C. Metro train system have been captured in a new short film.

Nine people were killed and more than 70 people were taken to hospitals when one Metro train slammed into the rear of another in the rush-hour collision in June.

The film, released this week, was produced for the community to not only record history, but to honor and remember those who perished, according to DC Fire & EMS Chief Dennis Rubin.

"For us there will lessons learned, but for the community we serve this video should serve testimony that the men and women of the Washington DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department are ready to respond, whatever the challenge," he said.

As well as honoring those who died, Chief Rubin said the film highlights the challenges first responders faced at the incident.

"Responding to the tragedy required hundreds of skilled and knowledgeable first responders and trained and well-prepared emergency medical care providers," he said.

FireRescue1 columnist Billy Hayes, EFO, director of public information and community affairs at the department, said the video allows members to share their personal perspective on the rescue and recovery efforts.

"It's a way to share the stories of the first responders who were first on the scene that many people didn't get to hear at the time in the media coverage," Hayes said.

 
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