Full-Scale Exercise: Crystal City

Sunday, 3 June 2018 6:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Crystal City Metro Station, 1750, South Bell Street, Arlington, VA, 22202, United States

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Sunday, 3 June 2018 6:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Exercise Series Overview

In June 2018, WMATA will hold the second quarterly Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) in the WMATA Quarterly FSE Exercise Series. This exercise series includes 4 full-scale exercises per year in addition to a series of tabletop exercises preceding each FSE.  The focus of these exercises is the loss of one mode or a loss of all modes of WMATA transit services. These exercises incorporate the Station Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan and Station Specific Annexes and, regional first responders Standard Operating Procedures that provide regional evacuation support within the National Capital Region.

On June 3rd, WMATA will conduct a full-scale exercise to provide regional emergency responders and WMATA personnel with the opportunity to practice responding to the emergency. WMATA invites members of the community to join in the excitement as volunteer passengers. Volunteers will act out the role of a Metro rider who is on the train at the time of the emergency and will be able to see first-hand how regional emergency responders handle the situation.

Volunteer Participation

  • Metro will provide volunteers with a safety briefing prior to boarding the train.
  • Volunteers who are able to do so will walk back to the station platform.
  • Volunteers without mobility concerns should expect to be accessing the roadway under the direction of the fire department. We anticipate the fire department utilizing special carts to transport any volunteers with mobility concerns.
  • Participation is limited to those 13 years of age and older.
  • Anyone younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 



  • Sign-in will begin at 6:30 AM at the Crystal City Metrorail Station.
  • Prior to the exercise WMATA will provide a volunteer waiver form to all registered volunteers via email. Please sign and bring this form with you to the exercise.
  • At the end of the exercise, no later than 1:00 PM, volunteers will be right back where they started their day and can leave after their debrief. 


WMATA will provide volunteers with the following throughout the exercise: 

  • Free parking (Parking Information will be shared prior to the exercise)
  • ID badge for the exercise
  • Refreshments on the morning of the exercise and water during the exercise
  • Safety training before the exercise
  • Debrief with the opportunity to provide feedback after the exercise
  • WMATA can sign for or provide documentation for volunteers who require it for certifications or program participation, including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other service organizations - just bring your form!


Safety Considerations

For your safety, volunteers should consider the following:

  • Wear sturdy shoes. You will be walking in the roadway. Even though Metro will shut off the power, the roadway has uneven surfaces and trip hazards. Please do not wear sandals or flip flops - wear sneakers or other sturdy closed-toe shoes instead. If you do not have appropriate footwear you will not be able to participate in the exercise. 
  • It will be warm on the train. We are expecting a summer weather day so the weather may be warm for some volunteers. Please wear layers to help you stay cool. We will provide you with drinks, but there will be no restroom on the train.
  • Wear durable clothing and closed-toed shoes. We recommend that you wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty as well as closed-toed shoes. You will be accessing the roadway and will likely come in contact with brake dust and other materials that can get you and your clothes dirty. If you do not have closed-toed shoes you will not be able to participate in the exercise.