Public spends the day with the SWAT

When you think of the SWAT you probably refer to what you've seen in movies and what's on television, but have you ever got a chance to see what it's like in person? Some of the public spent the day with the SWAT to learn what it takes to be a part of one of the toughest service emergency teams.

Posted: Oct 13, 2018 6:08 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2018 6:41 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Fort Wayne Police call it “Day with the SWAT”.

Plenty of people were curious about what it's like to to be a part of the SWAT including Ben VanOrder.

"It's really kind of enlightening to see behind the scenes what a lot of the guys in emergency services do, and just how valuable it really is. Some of the tech is really cool,"  VanOrder said.

It is one of few days the public can get up close to the equipment the SWAT uses.

"We show them some of our gear and equipment. We let them handle some of the gear and weapons. we do some demonstrations for them. they get to ride in or operate armored vehicles," Kevin Zelt, Commander of the SWAT for Fort Wayne Police Department said.

Zelt said a lot of people don't know what's required or the training taking place, so it's educational, but also a charitable event.

While thousands are spent on gear and other needs by the department, sometimes those on the front line have to come out of pocket for needs too. That's when organizations like S.A.V.E which stands for Standing Against Violence Everyday step up to help out.

"We know there are budgets and money for different things, and when the guys have to start paying for things that they need out of their own pocket, we thought we'd start and organization to help them as much as possible," Cathy Fisher, treasurer for Standing Against Violence Everyday said.

Standing Against Violence Everyday donated $16,000 to the SWAT team, and said it wouldn't be possible without the community's help.

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