9/18/2013 5:25 PM
by Karen Franklin
MOUNT HOPE - Five different law enforcement agencies were at the scene of a Mount Hope home Wednesday afternoon breaking down doors with their weapons drawn.
Members of the Fayette County, Kanawha County and Nicholas County Sheriff's offices as well as Beckley and Montgomery Police departments were attending a basic SWAT training class headed by New River Tactical.
The private company is comprised of three Fayette County Sheriff's Office deputies, who taught men and women different techniques for entering a home.
"With the way things are in today's world with drugs, the school shooting, everything like that going on around this country right now, this is a really good class for these guys to take and be trained up on to keep themselves safe and to help keep the public safe also," New River Tactical's Jess McMullen said.
Wednesday's class was not a requirement for any law enforcement agency, but organizers and participants agreed it will help minimize damage and protect everyone involved in real-world situations.
"It's definitely an adrenaline rush when you bust into a house," Beckley Police officer James Quesenberry told Newswatch. "You don't know what's on the other side of the door or what. You encounter everything from dogs to pit bulls to people with guns -- various threats and you need to be prepared for that."
New River Tactical also offers concealed weapons classes to the public.