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Mock Terror Attack Response Provides Training for Disaster

ith the specter of coordinated terrorist bombings on railroads in Madrid looming in the background, New York City staged one of the largest mock terrorist attacks in the nation at Shea Stadium yesterday morning. The drill began at 11 a.m., when the city’s Office of Emergency Management detonated an unspecified type of fake weapon of mass destruction inside the stadium. Soon after, fire trucks and ambulances straggled through gridlock in the parking lot toward the stadium, while rescuers inside coped with fake rubble and terrorist suspects as they rushed mock victims to safety. It was the 40th time that New York City had staged such a drill. The commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management, Joseph F. Bruno, said the more than 1,000 police, fire and rescue workers at the scene performed ably. As an example, Mr. Bruno said the police had been able to detect and disable two mock radiological weapons hidden in the stadium’s parking lot. He also said response times appeared swift. Full Story

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