FDNY crews undergo hurricane preparedness training drills on Fire Island


The FDNY came to Long Island Thursday for hurricane preparedness training ahead of hurricane season, which begins June 1.

The day saw crews prepare for every scenario in case a major natural disaster hits the region this hurricane season.

Starting in the morning, the FDNY conducted a host of large-scale simulations that were all based on a Category 4 hurricane hitting Fire Island.

Operations included search and rescue missions, unloading small boats and even dogs.

All of the simulations took place on the western end of the island as they did their best to ensure they would be ready, no matter how severe the storm, to help those in need.

“We’ve seen over the last 10 years, the last 20 years, the number of hurricanes that come in and the weather-related events, and it’s on such a large scale and covers such a large area that local resources can’t, local jurisdictions don’t have the resources to handle all of this,” FDNY Special Operations Chief John Esposito said.

Hurricane preparedness simulations will continue on Friday when the FDNY hosts Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue to complete the operation over the next few days.

The training exercises should end on Sunday.

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