State agencies gather for terrorist attack response training in Oriskany

More than 400 officers and first responders from across the state gathered at the Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany Wednesday for a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack Capstone exercise.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 2:47 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y. – More than 400 officers and first responders from across the state gathered at the Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany Wednesday for a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack Capstone exercise.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services conducted the training, which simulated physical attacks at Election Day polling places like schools or government buildings.

“Given the ever-evolving threat landscape in the modern world, it’s critical command level officials and their first responder teams have the real-world training they need to effectively respond to a complex attack, said Patrick Murphy, Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Participants were trained on responding to an active shooter incident that included secondary attacks involving improvised explosive devices and hazardous materials. They also learned how to work together across jurisdictions to respond to a terrorist threat.

More than 115 command officials and 154 first responders from the Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York and the Capital Regions participated in the training event.

The exercise was developed through a $1.3 million grant under FEMA’s Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack program in 2017 to support the training of officials and first responders in these regions to respond to a complex attack.

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