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Subway emergency exercise, June 14

This Sunday, June 14 from 4:30 until 9 a.m., the TTC is conducting an emergency exercise at an emergency subway exit on Birchmount Road north of Foxridge Drive (near the Canadian National Railway /Canadian Pacific Railway tracks). However, the exercise doesn’t interfere with regular subway service, which starts at 9 a.m., as usual.

The general emergency scenario requires TTC staff and emergency service personnel to respond to an emergency between Warden and Kennedy stations. They’ll use the Birchmount emergency exit to evacuate a train, while maintaining operations elsewhere in the transit system. The evacuation exercise includes a group of participants leaving the train and the tunnel through the emergency exit, starting at about 6 a.m. Crews will use white, non-toxic theatrical smoke to simulate the emergency situation. They’ll also use a megaphone during the exercise.

Although you may see this simulation from the street, the TTC has not invited members of the public or the media to the event.

During the exercise the TTC will:

  • observe and evaluate evacuation protocols and procedures; and
  • examine opportunities to improve the processes.

Toronto Police Services, Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Paramedic Services are aware of this exercise and may participate. About 400 people will assume subway passenger roles. They’ll assemble inside Kennedy Station between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. to board a train taking them to the tunnel area near the emergency exit.