Agencies to train for disaster at center

Published Apr 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

WHITESTOWN — The Rome Fire Department and several other local agencies will participate in a large-scale catastrophic incident training session this week at the New York State Preparedness Center.

Firefighters from Rome, Whitesboro and Utica will join more than 400 rescue personnel from New York City, the New York National Guard and beyond as part of the five-day training incident in Whitestown. The agencies will work together to practice joint response to a fake tornado storm, as well as multiple related emergencies following the storm.

“Large-scale incidents, whether natural disasters or man-made, require the full cooperation of numerous local, state and federal agencies,” officials said in a release.

“This exercise gives the State Incident Management Team and the New York City Fire Department Incident Management Team an opportunity to collaborate during a regional catastrophic incident, and test their ability to administer a coordinated response over a wide geographic area involving many first responder teams.”

The Oneida County 9-1-1 Center will also participate in the training session.