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Dozens participate in CT SWAT challenge

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Members of the SWAT team picked one of the hottest days of the year to compete against each other.

It is a friendly competition, but was a way to train in some of the most dangerous situations.

The CT SWAT Challenge brought out teams from all over the state and even around the country. Teams came from other states such as Georgia and Indiana for the three-day event.

Participants suited up and during the hot weather, wore heavy gear, just like they were going into an active situation.

“It's vital, especially now with things happening in society and exactly what we need,” said Lt. Jeremy Clark, CT SWAT Challenge.

He said the training deals with communication, identification and skills, which are crucial for the men and women headed into some of the most serious situations.

“By the time you respond to a hostage, someone. who is barricaded,  is suicidal. It's too late, that's not the time to build bridges and get to know people. You do it here and in training," Clark said.

Many people went to watch the competitions, including one family who traveled from Springfield to cheer on their dad who is on the police force.

“It gives you chills, these guys work really hard," Sue Bigda said.

“It scares me when he goes off to work but it's really cool to watch him," said Madison Bigda.

The event is in its 11th year and will wrap up on Thursday.

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