NYC emergency responders conduct active shooter drill in subway station

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

NEW YORK – Hundreds of emergency responders simulated a subway terror attack on Sunday, days before one of the city’s biggest public events: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Two counterterrorism drills were conducted in an empty New York City subway station early Sunday morning, the first joint agency test conducted since the deadly attacks in Paris.The NYPD conducted an active-shooter terror drill inside a closed subway in lower Manhattan Sunday in the wake of the Paris and Mali terrorist attacks. “They didn’t have a good day,” Chief James Waters of the NYPD counterterrorism unit told reporters regarding the actors playing the shooters in both scenarios. Members of the New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York and Office of Emergency Management took part in the training sessions, which included a scenario in which suicide bombers were inside the former J and Z lines at Kenmare Street and the Bowery in Manhattan. 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.

Officials afterward touted their interagency teamwork and said such training exercises are needed to keep skills sharp, the latest in a series of public assurances by city leaders since the Paris attacks. “This is how we defeat terrorism. Several actors covered in fake blood were dragged out of the station onto the street in yellow sleds by the FDNY. “We did very well, I think, this morning,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said after the drill. “There were casualties but the idea is to get in and minimize to the greatest degree possible the casualties.” During the simulated shooting, officers used new equipment, including GoPro-like cameras attached to their uniforms and sound monitors. 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. Sunday’s drill was funded by Homeland Security, and Bratton said there would be more such practice runs, which he says are “vitally necessary” and provide valuable lessons. Visitors can expect tight security. “They’re a bunch of killers with good social media,” Obama said. “The most powerful tool we have to fight ISIL is to say that we’re not afraid.” “We will cut off their financing, we will hunt down their leadership,” Obama said. “We will dismantle their networks and their supply lines and we will ultimately destroy them.” Bratton said New York law enforcement authorities, together with Homeland Security, are working closely with Paris investigators studying details of the Nov. 13 attacks there, aiming to prepare for similar suicide bombings that New York has never experienced.

The training session had been planned for over a year and took place days after the deployment of the NYPD’s new Critical Response Command, a new elite unit of specially trained counterterrorism officers. The unit, expected to grow to 560 officers by the end of the year, replaces a unit formed after the 9/11 attacks that stationed two officers from each precinct at critical locations around the city. “We have now beefed up our resources that we’re now in a position to handle a significant number of events happening simultaneously or sequentially,” Mr. On Thanksgiving, thousands of officers — including 1,300 counterterrorism officers — will patrol the parade route and watch over millions of spectators, Bratton said. Firefighters were allowed to enter the area and treat those designated as injured once the NYPD neutralized the “hot zone,” meaning the shooters were no longer firing or roaming free. The scenarios were watched closely by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who provided funding for the exercise and encouraged other cities and jurisdictions to conduct their own training sequences. ‘We’re not taking our eye off the ball in any respect,” said Mr.

Johnson, who added that there was no threat at the moment. “As long as terrorist organizations are calling for attacks in the homeland, we’ve got to all be vigilant and work overtime, evaluate, re-evaluate, encourage the public to be vigilant and aware,” he said.

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