A recent NBC 4 New York feature gave viewers a rare look inside the FDNY’s training facility on Randall’s Island, which is an exact copy of a subway tunnel. Click here for the video. The tunnel is used for disaster training exercises and is very detailed – down to the tiles on the walls, smoke machines, recorded screams, and mannequins standing in for injured subway riders.
“The more realistic you can make your training, the better people are going to do when they’re at the real scene,” FDNY Chief Tom Robson told NBC.
The tunnel is designed to teach FDNY firefighters underground rescue skills and is a relatively new addition – just added in the last few months. It also will be used by federal agencies and the military for training exercises. New York has the nation’s largest subway system, which is used by more than five million riders a day and sees dozens of emergencies each year.