Joint SWAT training prepares law enforcement for high risk situations

It was all business Tuesday as 19 officers from the joint SWAT Team trained with

Part of the SWAT training involves proper airway control to assist breathing. Photo courtesy of CCSO
Part of the SWAT training involves proper airway control to assist breathing.
Photo courtesy of CCSO

five Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The goal, according to Lieutenant Bryant Arrington, Team Commander, and a Lieutenant with the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office, is to eventually embed medical personnel into the SWAT Team for use in “SWAT callouts” and “active shooter” situations.

The SWAT Team members rotated between three stations for training: 1. Bleeding control for self-application or for another wounded person, 2. Proper airway control for breathing assistance, and 3. Carry or drag techniques to remove the injured to a safe location.

The four hour training was followed by another four hours of SWAT training.

According to Arrington, the joint SWAT team trains twice a month for eight hours to prepare for dangerous and emergency situations in the county. The team consists of Culpeper Town police and Culpeper Sheriff’s officer personnel.

“It’s unfortunate to have the need, but we’re proud to have the best trained and equipped SWAT team in the region,” says Sheriff Scott Jenkins.