WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro announced a full-time fire and rescue liaison in its Rail Operation Control Center on Monday.

A uniformed fire officer will be in the 'nerve center' of the Metrorail system 40 hours a week to help coordinate emergency communication between Metro and first responders.

"The new fire/rescue liaison at the Rail Operations Control Center gives first responders 'eyes and ears' on Metrorail operations and will serve to further strengthen the coordination between our operations staff and emergency personnel," said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. "I want to thank MWCOG Fire Chiefs Chair Marc Bashoor for his leadership and look forward to continuing our productive relationship."

The fire will also help develop policy recommendations and provide supplemental emergency training for rail controllers.

The position, launched on July 1, is part of an agreement with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Fire Chiefs Committee, chaired by the Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor.

"The fire/rescue liaison position in the ROCC has already provided crucial support to WMATA and Fire Department incident commanders," said Bashoor. "In the first couple of days, the liaison provided support for more than two dozen fire and EMS related incidents affecting multiple jurisdictions 911 centers and emergency response operations."

This comes in response to the January 12 incident that happened in a tunnel close to L'Enfant PLaza Station. Several additional safety measures have been taken since the incident.

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