North Kingstown Police and North Kingstown itself were part of a large-scale disaster drill Saturday morning involving 125 emergency first-responders and 55 volunteers.
The drill, which was planned over the past year, was a mock terrorist attack that started at Wickford Junction Saturday morning. The volunteers posed as train passengers. The three “terrorists” were aiming to take a train to New York (that’s not actually possible from Wickford Junction at this point but this was the scenario).
Two the the three faux terrorists were successfully boarded the train, which was actually heading to Providence, the Providence Journal reported. The third terrorist was taken into custody at Wickford Junction.
Amtrak provided a train at no cost for the exercise, Peter Gaynor, Providence’s emergency management director, told the Projo.
“We actually moved the train today. We haven’t done that before,” he said.
The action then moved to Providence, where police boarded the train and confronted the terrorists. As part of the drill, 15 people were transported to Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. No one was injured during the drill.
Gaynor said weaknesses showed up in the communications between the different agencies.Participating agencies included fire departments from Providence, Warwick, North Providence and Pawtucket; North Kingstown and Providence police departments; the FBI, Amtrak, Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.