Regional Government of Madrid recognises extraordinary actions by Metro employees over the last year

25 award-winners from the public enterprise were recognised at the Pacífico Engine Shed. The Madrid underground pays tribute to them in praise of their professionalism and solidarity in the performance of their work. This year, the assistance provided during Storm Filomena was noteworthy, which allowed the network to be kept open continuously for eight days

The Regional Government of Madrid today recognised the extraordinary actions carried out over the last year by Metro professionals in response to all types of incident. The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, has taken part in the award ceremony to present a total of 25 awards-winners with decorations, at a moving event that took place at the Pacífico Engine Shed.

Since 2014, Metro has been organising this event, which serves to pay tribute to its employees, with the aim of publicly praising their professionalism and solidarity in the performance of their work. David Pérez sought to distinguish the professionalism and responsibility of the workers of the public enterprise. “At this year’s edition, he also sought to highlight their efforts and dedication in guaranteeing mobility in the capital during Storm Filomena last January, whereby the underground remained in service continuously for eight days”, he remarked.

The most noteworthy actions this year included that of a sector head who intervened to avoid a potential homophobic assault on passengers at Príncipe Pío station, and the rapid reaction of a train driver, who anticipated events and stopped the train he was driving when he detected the presence of a passenger on the train line at Batán station.

The work of two sector heads and a line head were also recognised, who acted pro-actively in removing water from Rivas-Vaciamadrid station after heavy rainfall, which allowed the line to be re-opened ahead of time.

As regards Metro security guards, the enterprise distinguished the work of three of them who managed to avoid an assault on a user at the entrance to Plaza de Castilla station. Another two professionals stood out due to their care for a passenger with suicidal intentions, removing the person successfully from the train line at Lavapiés station.

Similarly, the work of a passenger was recognised who climbed down to the train line to rescue someone who had fallen, thus avoiding said person from being run over at Pacífico station. Lastly, the dedication and involvement in work to analyse and investigate criminal offences on the underground by an officer of the Transport Mobile Brigade of the National Police was recognised.

STORM FILOMENA

In addition, workers were distinguished who made a special effort during Storm Filomena, which contributed to guaranteeing travel by users during those difficult days of the month of January. Some of those recognised were individuals while others represented the commitment and dedication of large Metro work groups.

On the one hand, the organisational commitment was recognised of the whole Organisational Management Department of train lines, through its re-planning of the service and actions needed to provide exceptional service cover at stations and for trains. Its work over these days allowed the search for department volunteers to be organised to provide a service for eight consecutive days (train drivers, station staff, depot heads, intermediate supervisors, etc.), thus providing a continuous service.

It also coordinated the organisation of social care for the homeless at La Latina, Ópera, Estación del Arte and Tirso de Molina stations, providing them with shelter at night, and the supervision of facilities throughout the network that remained open during the night.

Lastly, all the teams that were recognised that performed their work on the underground in the days following the storm. Specifically, due to their extraordinary contribution, coordinating actions with the Train Traffic Technical Guard at the weekend, and for their contribution in situ to the work designed to leave the track free of snow and trees in the outdoors zone of Line 10, in coordination with the Command Post.

David Pérez, consejero de de Transportes e Infraestructuras

Regional Government of Madrid recognises extraordinary actions by Metro employees over the last year
Regional Government of Madrid recognises extraordinary actions by Metro employees over the last year
Regional Government of Madrid recognises extraordinary actions by Metro employees over the last year
Regional Government of Madrid recognises extraordinary actions by Metro employees over the last year