‘Active-Shooter Drill’ Conducted by NYC Emergency Responders on the Bowery Early this Morning

Posted on: November 22nd, 2015 at 10:12 am by

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This is only a test.

Dozens of emergency responders from the NYPD, FDNY, and Homeland Security descended upon the Bowery early this morning to conduct an “active-shooter” drill in the subway system. The Bowery stop on the JZ line. Police cordoned off the corner of Kenmare Street shortly while the activity transpired in the closed station. It began shortly after 4am and is ongoing.

These types of drills are not uncommon, and are preparation for attacks such as those seen in Paris or Mali. However, this one in particular was reportedly planned before the aforementioned terrorist attacks.

According to CBS News, the scenario in place was the following:

Two officers initially respond to a report of a man with a gun on the platform and call for backup. After there is a mass callout, emergency responders face many dangerous mock surprises and the possibility of several shooters.

Those participating were dressed for the part, wearing black helmets, heavy duty vests, and even accompanied by K9 units. Blanks were loaded in the high-powered weapons.

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NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism, Photo: NYPD

Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson were all in the war room, so to speak.

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