‘TAC 30’ Training: Exclusive look at King County’s elite SWAT team
KING COUNTY -- SWAT -- or Special Weapons and Tactics teams -- are always on the front lines of danger, so training hard isn’t an option. ”If things get really bad, you call the swat team,” says Darrion Holiwell,, chief firearms instructor for King County SWAT. “Tac 30” as they’re also known has twenty-one officers who answer about 100 calls a year. But in between those calls is a ton of training. “We’re really big on getting our heart rates up because normally when you do a swat hit, your heart is a little bit elevated so we practice that by running, stopping, shooting and creating what we call stress inoculation,” explains Holiwell.