NEWARK - Firefighters and police officers are participating in practice drills meant to prepare them for critical search and rescue operations.

This intense training is meant to simulate circumstances surrounding terrorist attacks, natural disasters and industrial accidents such as the Texas fertilizer plant fire.

Rescue teams practiced procedures meant to locate trapped victims at the Newark Fire Academy on Thursday.
The group, made up of firefighters and police officers from 10 communities, is specifically trained in urban search and rescue. It is called the Metro Strike Team.

The mission is designed to mirror real-life situations.

"This also gives us an opportunity to work with each other, and learn from each other's communities,'" Newark firefighter Don Meier says.

The academy has been holding the training for six years.