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SWAT Team Takes Part in Hands-On Training

More than two dozen members of Lackawanna County's SWAT team took part in real-life training exercises Wednesday in Jessup.
More than two dozen members of Lackawanna County's SWAT Team got hands-on training Wednesday.

Despite the morning heat and humidity, they were learning new manuevers and tactics in order to keep the community safe in an emergency.

It is a situation that has played out before in other parts of the country and Wednesday, SWAT team members practiced how to respond if a gunman ever took a bus hostage.

"The things that I've seen done here I hope I never see, but again, we have to be prepared for those situations," Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently said.

Trainers from Tulsa, Oklahoma have been working with the county's SWAT Team for the last three days.

They practiced different manuevers, working with SWAT Team members on how to capitalize on their speed and the element of surprise. The goal: to save lives.

"We're allowing them as a team to work together, to build their rappore, to get as many rehersals as they can," trainer James Comstock said.

Interns with the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office served as mock "hostages" on the bus for the scenario and even for them the training was eye-opening.

"We know them (SWAT Team members) personally and we know what they do but to be able to see them practice, live in action, it gives you a different respect level for them and they really do a good job," intern Brian Levy said.

SWAT team members say they requested the training session and paid for it themselves by selling T-Shirts and other fundraisers.

"Practice makes perfect, you know? So that's what it is all about," Chief Trently said.

 
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