Rescuing hostages and entering homes of barricaded suspects safely were techniques exercised by 12 law enforcement officers and paramedics in a basic SWAT school last week at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
The intensive 50-hour class allowed the officers and paramedics to learn basic combat tactics, said sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Kauffman, one of the school’s instructors.
“They learned hostage rescues while dealing with a vehicle, dynamic entry techniques and tactical shooting,” Kauffman said. “It was physically strenuous and challenging, mentally and physically.”
Officers and paramedics learned the skills to handle special situations and high response service. The class served as the foundation of tactical training for the next few years.
“I’m proud of them,” Kauffman said.
Sheriff’s deputies who completed the class will be assigned to the Rutherford County Sheriff Office’s Felony Arrest Search Tactical Team. Emergency Medical Services has its own team that trains and responds with the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Robert F. Arnold presented certificates and pins to students.
“Sheriff’s officers will wear the pins on their uniforms,” Arnold said. “This is something you’ve earned that you can wear with pride.”
Students who completed the class were:
• Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies Josh Anderson, David Ashburn, Eddy Burns, Nathan Devers, Caleb Roney and Brian Wright.
• La Vergne Police Department: Jerry Carpenter and Chris Reed.
• Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services: Paramedics Mike Johnson, Darryl White and Frank Greene.