Raw Video: NYPD, other responders drill in simulated shooting attack on subway …

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New York emergency responders simulated a coordinated terror attack Sunday, days before one of the city’s biggest public events: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.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.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. 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. 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. In discussing the drill, none of the public officials made any reference to the extremist groups behind the attacks in France or Mali, though one reporter asked about a bomb ISIS allegedly detonated in the Russian airplane above Egypt.

Sunday’s drill was funded by Homeland Security, and Bratton said there would be more such practice runs he says are “vitally necessary” and provide valuable response lessons. 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-bomber terrorism that New York has never experienced. On Thanksgiving, thousands of officers — including 1,300 counterterrorism officers — will patrol the parade route and watch over millions of spectators, Bratton said.

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