2015-11-25 / Front Page

Transit Police Pass The Test In Subway Terror Drill

By Liz Goff
Calls of an “active shooter” at a Manhattan subway station kicked off a massive emergency response exercise on November 22, designed to determine the preparedness of city Transit police in case of a terrorist attack or other violent incident.

More than 800 personnel from various agencies, including the NYPD Transit Police Department, the NYPD and FDNY responded to calls of two shooters inside an abandoned Bowery subway station on Sunday, officials said.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find dozens of volunteers with simulated life threatening and non-life threatening injuries, including leg, chest and torso wounds and head trauma.

The “Active Shooter Drill” was designed to evaluate the preparedness of the city’s first responders, NYPD officials said. The NYPD and FDNY carry out similar exercises on a regular basis each year, in different parts of the city, officials said.

Sunday’s drill was held for evaluation, to determine how police would respond to a terror attack in the city subway system, officials said. “The response was unflawed,” officials said. “It was a clear sign that Transit police and other first responders are prepared to react in a swift, professional manner to any critical situation.”

Members of the NYPD Critical Response Team (CRT,) the MYPD Strategic Response Group (SRG,) Emergency Service Unit (ESU) and the FDNY responded to the mock attack. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service served as observers at the drill, NYPD officials said. 

“These drills help us to prepare a plan we hope to never have to use in New York City,” officials said.


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