COLUMBIA — The Columbia SWAT Team held a training day to focus on hostage and barricade rescues.
The team roped off an area of abandoned houses using yellow caution tape between Walnut and East Ash streets to practice the drills it would use in a real situation.
“We see what works and what doesn’t work,” Officer Jeff Forck said. “It’s a good time to make our mistakes in training so that we don’t make them in live operations.”
Forck said the team had permission to conduct its drills in the abandoned houses and that it rarely gets to practice in actual buildings. The plan was to practice until 6 p.m. Monday.