NFTA Transporter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Everyone needs a little exercise

The NFTA's tactical team (click for more photos)
The NFTA Transit Police Department, along with law enforcement personnel from throughout the region, conducted a full-scale intermodal security training exercise on March 29 at Metro's Cold Spring facility.

The Department of Homeland Security selected the NFTA and its police department to conduct a terrorist threat exercise in order to test the effectiveness of certain protocols that relate to emergency situations in which a terrorist crisis occurs.

"We have been very fortunate over the years not to have had any major terrorist attacks within our public transit system. Consequently, this drill is even more important, as we need to test our readiness and that of our partners, to ensure that our preparedness plan is adequate in the face of a real threat," said NFTA Police Chief George W. Gast.

The exercise lasted one day and accompanied over 200 security personnel from Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Erie County, the FBI, the Tonawandas, Amtrak, TSA and the New York State Police department. At the conclusion of this day's activities, the DHS observers evaluated and addressed how the process unfolded while making recommendations on any improvements that would make the process run more efficiently.

The ultimate goal of this day-long exercise was to train all of the agents that were present to work together in case of an emergency, and to assist in keeping the surrounding community safe.