This is my first attempt at a blog but here goes. On 29Aug11 I attended a class hosted by FIAT
swat. The class incorporated several techniques available to an officer during engagements with active shooters. It's important to state that how you train is how you will respond during a high stress incident. The first portion of the training was class instruction on the priority of life for any LE operator. The triangle had four tiers. The base of the triangle is the operator’s skill and equipment. The second tier is team concepts, formations, movement and techniques. The third tier is the action you take based on team strategy and tactics. The team will decide whether to act on or stabilize the situation. The top of the
tier is the Priority of life. Priority of life is 1. Hostages 2. Police 3. Offenders. The hostage is the most important aspect of any mission. Their safety should not be compromised. In order to achieve success in any mission the operator should be able to make the offender reorient himself to his target. Fiat incorporated multiple live fire exercises that required the operator to move, engage, and mitigate his target. The movement creates lateral distance and time to engage the target. When multiple officers are moving, the offender is forced to choose between officers moving in opposite directions. The change in direction also allows officers to establish priority of fire on the target without compromising each other’s line of fire. The ideal positioning is described as an "L" pattern. Another technique drilled that day was the high low barricade positions. The officer on top must be directly above the kneeling officer to prevent that officer from standing up during a fire fight. Priority of fire is always established by the officer directly in front of all other officers. Officers following should always attempt to seek a better firing position thereby establishing multiple angles of fire without compromising officer safety. The class involved multiple officer live fire room entry. Officers had to identify and engage priority targets without compromising the lives of the hostages. I have to say that was the most fun. Overall the class was very educational and I was able to practice tactics during live fire. Multiple weapons shooting during entry, at multiple targets was probably some of the best training I have received. After every shoot the officers had to communicate to each other about who was cuffing and covering. At times we would enter the rooms and told that we were down. Now the other officers had to think their way out of the room with injured officers as well finish securing the hostages and offenders, the point of the day was communication is key during all engagements. All drills utilized the pistol and M4. Officers were expected to clear any malfunctions and reload during the drill. Transitions came into play for me on several occasions because I would purposely allow my ammo to go dry. I did not want to cheat myself during training. On one occasion I did a room entry, fired on the first target from the door and went dry on the carbine. I paused causing the rest of my team to pause for that second. I transitioned to pistol and continued the fight. The point is that I knew I was almost dry and it still caught me by surprise. I hope I covered the class well and am sure that I'll remember something later. TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN.
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