Much of the Inland Rail alignment runs through regional NSW and bushfire vulnerable areas, and as a Systems and Signals Operator, you’re going to have to be prepared for the worst.
The scenario that you will be asked to respond to for this work experience is based on a real-world bushfire emergency that occurred in mid-April 2018, near Holsworthy in Sydney’s south west. By the time it was brought under control, 3800 hectares of land had been burnt.
This event also affected multiple train lines; that is, it required a coordinated response between separate Network Control centres belonging to both Sydney Trains and ARTC, on top of communicating with emergency services and train drivers.
Read the slides below for a brief on the scenario at hand and a diagram of the railway lines affected...
Start by listing out the protocols you need to follow (i.e. Identify, Notify, Assess, Coordinate, Document, Investigate). Feel free to go back to last week’s content and revise what each of these steps involve.
You can list these stages however you find easiest to organise your thoughts - using pen and paper or your computer; in a table, bullet points, or a timeline. The main thing is to get your response mapped out in a logical and sequential way.
With reference to the diagram and brief above, complete the quiz below, which will take you further through the facts of the scenario and get you tailoring your emergency response.
Beside each stage of the disaster response protocol you outlined in Step 1, jot down the corresponding actions that were taken in your scenario (for example, the 'Identify' stage will be the initial reports of bushfires near Maple Station, made by the drivers, as well as the contact between you and Sydney Train Network Control).
Remember, your ultimate goal is to operate train movements, funnel communications, and provide access to emergency services in a way that keeps everyone safe.
(Hint: we will turn to the documentation phase next. This will involve filling out an incident report.)
Once you have your emergency response mapped out, you're ready to head on to the next page!