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Topic: Police (10/12/06)
TITLE: NYPD Shows Lessons Learned
By Chad Torgerson
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NYPD Shows Lessons Learned
Exactly five years and one month after the September 11th attacks, the New York Police Department showed yesterday how they have applied the lessons learned from that great tragedy.
What first seemed like another terrorist attack, turned out to be a horrific tragedy. New York Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle was piloting the small plane, and was accompanied by his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger, as it hit a Upper East Side apartment building.
After the 9/11 tragedy, New York government leaders decided to evalutate the efforts of its first responders. Reports showed that there was a lack of organization during the disaster. Each agency worked almost independently in the effort to save lives. The goal of the evaluation was to improve that effort.
New York City began working on a plan that would better organize their emergency services. The result was the Citywide Incident Management System.
The results of the CIMS initiative were seen yesterday, as the tragedy unfolded. The NYPD responded within seconds of the crash, along with the FDNY. The two elite agencies worked cooperatively to contain the disaster. Communication was vital to the successful response to the tragedy.
Senior NYPD officials worked hand in hand with the senior officials of the FDN, as part of a unified command.. This follows the CIMS protocols that were set in 2004. If it had been an actual terrorist incident, the NYPD would have taken command.
Crowd control measures were an important of containing the disaster. They pushed crowds back from the immediate area. The perimeter they formed prevented any further casualties in the accident.
"It went perfectly according to plan," Mayor Bloomberg announced a few hours after the incident. "Two proud agencies with great traditions and equipment and training working side by side. That's what the public has a right to expect and that's exactly what these agencies do."
Neither Cory Lidle nor Tyler Stanger survived the crash, but because of the successful efforts of the NYPD, only minor injuries were sustained otherwise.
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