More than 400 police and fire personnel in the Seattle area took part Sunday in a $300,000 federal antiterrorism drill, the Seattle Times reports. “Victims” were washed down with fire hoses. A black armored SWAT vehicle rolled up to a train, disgorging team members who flooded the car where the terrorist was holed up.
Observers, identified by yellow vests, tracked and recorded the action, based on an all-too-real event: a sarin attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 that killed 13. The drill was two years in the planning. “The lessons that are learned here can be used nationwide,” said A.D. Vickery, a Seattle Fire Department assistant chief. Among other things, the exercise’s planners wanted to see how effectively professionals from different disciplines and departments worked together when presented with a complicated, fast-changing, dangerous situation.