Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, the Newark (NJ) Fire Department Special Operations Division joined with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to host a one-day drill for emergency responders from seven New Jersey counties at the Newark Fire Department Training Academy.

Firefighters from Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Union, and Middlesex Counties participated in the drill, along with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Jersey Army National Guard, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police, NJ Transit Police, the Newark Police Department, the Jersey City Police Department, and the Yonkers (NY) Fire Department.

The exercise was prepared by the Newark Fire Department's Special Operations Division, which created a scenario in which a major hurricane damaged a sewage treatment plant.

Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

U.S. Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., (center), inspects the drill site with Fire Chief John G. Centanni. (right).

Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

A Newark Police Emergency Services Unit officer simulates approaching at a dummy rigged up as a terrorist suicide bomber, who is festooned with fake explosives.

Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

FBI agents in hazmat suits simulate inspection of a vehicle used to crash into the sewage treatment plant.

Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

While emergency responders addressed the "damage" and rescue "trapped workers," the plant suffered a simulated terrorist attack. Here, Yonkers firefighters evacuate a "casualty" from the drill.

Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

An FBI agent briefs New Jersey State National Guardsmen and Newark firefighters on the next step in the drill, which required Guardsmen in hazmat suits to simulate an inspection of the "wreckage."

Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

Newark Police Emergency Service Unit officers send a remote-controlled robot into a sewer pipe to simulate an investigation for damage and victims.

Firefighters Participate in FEMA Drill in NJ

Yonkers Firefighters use an oxy-acetylene torch to cut through pipes and barriers.

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