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CSX S.W.A.T. TRAIN COMES TO LAKELAND
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The CSX Tactical Rail Train rolled into Lakeland, for a rare opportunity to allow
local S.W.A.T. teams to learn how to properly board a freight/passenger rail car.
The exercise took place April 18-23. Area S.W.A.T. teams from Lakeland,
Winter Haven, Polk County, and Hillsborough County S.W.A.T participated in the
training. Due to limited space not all local members were able to attend the
class, and with such a large turnout the class was broken into two different
sessions. Once contacted the class was organized by CSX  Police team Commander Deputy
Chief Bob Flake of CSX Police Department. Flake says he gets many more
requests than he is able to accommodate. According to DC Flake this is a one
of a kind train, known as the “SWAT TRAIN” that was born out of the need for post 911
training. It’s obvious of CSX’S commitment to being proactive to future threats,
with the amount of resources that are brought to each of these training events.
There were almost as many instructors and support personnel as there were
students, as well as support vehicles and the train itself.

 

 Unknown to many, CSX operates a complete  S.W.A.T. team situated
in throughout its System. The team is known as the Rapid Response Team (RRT).  This team
has been deployed to a number of government and iconic events over the last
several years. Created in 2004, this mission-ready of highly skilled and dedicated
team members, stands ready to respond to any terrorist event involving railways
throughout the nation. With some 21000 miles of track in the US and Canada
this is daunting mission to say the least. Under a congressional mandate the
team has full Law Enforcement powers. In addition to tactical operators it also
has two full time, highly trained hazardous materials specialists. These members
ensure that all team members remain qualified and proficient in a wide variety
of chemical and biological personal protective equipment and respiratory
protection devices, such a (SCBA) Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. The RRT
structure also includes a counter-surveillance component, a sniper/observer
team, explosive detection canine team, both explosive and mechanical breaching
capability, and a team medic.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though this team is highly trained and equipped, it is unlikely that the team
will be the first team on scene. This is why CSX offers this training to local
agency, as they will most likely be the first responder to this type incident. 
As many of you know the best type of training is hands on. The “SWAT TRAIN”
is equipped with equipment that makes for a realistic experience for attendees.
The train consists of a locomotive, three different types of tank cars, two
passenger coach cars, one bi-level passenger coach car, a sleeper car, a
breaching car, and a classroom/command car equipped with HVAC and
audio-visual equipment. The train is nearly 1000 feet in length. Some of the
passenger cars come with explosive breaching capabilities, so members can
practice window entry. The rail cars are set up to allow realistic force-on-force
training using Simuniton® weapons and cartridges. This hands on capability of
active shooter scenarios is paramount to create the approximate effects and
stresses associated with an actual assault (i.e. the effect of someone shooting
back at you).  DC  Flake believes  “safety  is paramount” and many safety
precautions are in place to include a dedicated safety officer who is
responsible for ensuring that all safety procedures are understood and followed,
and appropriate safety gear is used. Safety briefings are conducted before
every exercise and each officer is checked prior to being involved in the training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CSX also operates in conjunction with The Firefighter Education and Training
Foundation under the direction of President John O'Neil from West Springfield, MA, 4 other trains primarily to conduct advanced hands on hazardous
materials training. Local fire departments can contact The Firefighter
Education and Training Foundation for more information on any upcoming stops.

The Public Safety Network.com responded with its Events/Disaster trailer and
cooked for attendees on the last day of the event. This was free of charge as
two local companies sponsored the event. Thanks to Paul Davis Restoration
and Shoot Straight of Lakeland for this effort.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSX provides the SWAT Train at no cost to those agencies attending. In a time
of budget cuts, the logistics involved including instructors (17 member minimum),
police vehicles and fuel, or air travel, tactical breaching equipment and breaching
tools, the SWAT trains movement to the scene, safety and personal protective
equipment supplied, hydration and personal comfort supplies, class handouts and
printing cost and all lodging for instructors, it is clear that CSX’s has a commitment
to making our rail system as safe as possible. According to DC Flake CSX is
committed to being a good corporate citizen and continued industry leader in
public safety outreach by providing law enforcement and other first responders
with the training they need to respond to a variety of rail-related incidents. 

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