Police and firefighters were working the scene of a plane crash on the Hudson River. Thankfully, it's just a drill. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny was in Piermont with more on what first responders want to get out of the exercise.
ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- If you were passing by and didn't know better, you might think that a plane actually crashed into the Hudson River. But emergency management officials says that's exactly the point of this drill: To make it as realist as possible so first responders are prepared when and if something like this happens.
"Doing something like this is important because, god forbid ,something like this happen and a plane does go in the Hudson River, we can all work together, we know who we can call and count in with something like this," said Piermont Fire Department Captain Daniel Goswick.
Fire crews set multiple fires to simulate pieces of broken wreckage from the plane in the water and first responders rescued about a half dozen survivors floating just off shore.
"It's very important because we get calls out on the water regularly and with the incidents we've had out on the river recently, it's really important we be able to respond," said Donna Alise, Piermont Fire and Ambulance EMS.
Dive teams worked on rescuing mannequins trapped in 20 feet of water inside a large pipe acting as the fuselage of the plane.
"I think everyone did a great job. Everybody worked really well together. We did this in a great amount of time. We got the patients out of here as quickly as we could, so everybody did a great job working together," said Hope Goswick, Piermont Fire and Ambulance EMS.
This was an impressive display of team work and technique by first responders. While this was only a drill, first responders say they learned a lot about what goes into preparing for the worst, but as always they're hoping for the best.
Our Meredith Zaritheny took some photos of the training:
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