Emergency responders in practice drill for Paris-style attack at NYC subway

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Emergency Responders Conduct Active-Shooter Drill In Lower Manhattan Subway Station.

Hundreds of emergency responders converged on a Manhattan subway station Sunday morning as part of an emergency drill in preparation for a Paris-like terrorist attack. The NYPD, FDNY and Homeland Security performed the three-hour active-shooter drill at the Bowery station, launching into action after a mock call of an armed man on the subway platform. “There’s now constant coordination between these agencies, constant meetings to plan together how to respond to a variety of situations and that is making all New Yorkers safer,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “There’s now constant coordination between these agencies, constant meetings to plan together how to respond to a variety of situations and that is making all New Yorkers safer,” de Blasio said.

The drill has been planned for some time but got a last-minute addition in the wake of deadly attacks Paris attacks: Officials added an attacker wearing a suicide vest. Outside the station, cops with black helmets and heavy-duty vests could be seen with K-9 units, and there were police and fire vehicles lining the streets, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported. Even Bratton took a ride, sending a message to the public about the city’s security. “I actually don’t have second thoughts,” said Sara Al Mouswai, of Boston. “I’m continuing living my life.

Terrorism happens all around the world, and you just have to be cautious and on the lookout.” The city will be especially cautious during this week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where millions will line the streets of Manhattan.

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