IWC helps Connecticut SWAT Challenge raise the bar: Connecticut, September 2016
IWC have raised the bar of realism at the Connecticut SWAT Challenge, a sort of tactical team Olympics, where the top SWAT teams in the USA spend the week meeting and competing. For the 12th year of the challenge, they have added a new event using IWC Professional Range equipment: the top seven teams were engaged in a hostage rescue simulating real life scenarios.
IWC Professional Range boosts realism at Connecticut SWAT Challenge 2016
The recent Connecticut SWAT Challenge based out of Simsbury Range saw the IWC Professional Range used as a backdrop to a realistic and engaging hostage rescue scenario. For the 12th year of the challenge the event organisers wanted to increase realism in an off-range tactical decision making exercise without interrupting one of the city’s buildings. Access to an agricultural building and plot of land lent itself ideally to the scenario.
“It’s the closest thing they get to a real call out,” said Lt. Jeremy Clark, the co-director of the Connecticut SWAT Challenge. “It’s something that happens fast and it’s the real world,” Clark added.
This year the teams were transported from the Simsbury Ranges to a residence in West Hartford by Eagle One, a Fairfield based police helicopter, and, arriving at the LZ: an expansive field by the house, their hostage extraction challenge began.
“The suspect has a hostage and ‘imminent danger’ is about to happen and they have to act in this scenario very quickly,” Clark said. West Hartford officer Shane McAvay said “it provides great training for some great operators from all over the country.”
Trooper Rich Silcox, the team leader from the Indiana State Police said, “When we can all get together as law enforcement agencies and train together it makes us better.”
This year, 35 teams attended the Connecticut SWAT Challenge which included sessions of team and physical challenges, along with seminars and workshops.
The IWC Professional Range Inflatable Walls were erected to create a challenging environment in which to practice armed hostage rescue as well as enhance squad leader’s tactical awareness and decision making ability. Squad members were focussed on close quarter urban skills and observation. The walls were set up both inside and out of the facility leading to a transition of light into dark as well as forcing the squad to adapt. Moving from large open spaces to a restrictive interior corridor.
The training scenario used both an armed hostage taker and live hostage role player as well as a number of situational awareness training devices including access limiting furniture blocking doorways as well as replica IED’s forcing a quick and timely reaction to danger.