Of roughly 11,000 firefighters in the city, only about 3 percent are black and 4.5 percent are Hispanic.
Firefighters and U.S. Marines will be conducting a large-scale drill simulating a response to a terror attack on a
New York City bus and subway.
Authorities say Thursday morning's drill at the FDNY's Fire Academy on Randall's Island will involve the use of a burned-out city bus and the fire department's subway simulator.
Local first-responders and Marines will test coordinated responses to a terror attack, including the release of a toxin in a subway car.
About 200 firefighters and Marines will take part in the exercise.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for local first-responders and the military to learn how to work together so we can do our very best to keep New Yorkers safe, no matter what happens,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said. “The key to being the best at what you do is constant training, planning and preparation. The Marines and FDNY share a deep commitment to protecting the people of this city and this nation.”