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FBI SWAT Team Learns from Army’s Northern Warfare Training Center


Braving the Cold
FBI SWAT Team Learns from Army’s Northern Warfare Training Center

02/05/14

January. Fort Wainwright, Alaska. With temperatures hovering at an unseasonably warm -5° F, the Anchorage Division SWAT team is training with the U.S. Army at its Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC)—the Army’s premiere cold-weather training school—obtaining critical mobility and survival instruction tailored to the severe Arctic environment.

After receiving a request from the Bureau for assistance with Arctic survival skills, the NWTC created this one-week course specifically for Anchorage SWAT team members to improve their ability to operate in extremely cold climates.

Among other things, the team learned about cold weather clothing, treatment of cold-weather injuries, transportation of casualties, operating and maintaining snow machines, and how to move and recover snow machines buried in deep snow.

The culminating event was a scenario-based exercise in which the team moved into a remote camp to capture wanted fugitives, using skills learned during the week.

- More details and photos (courtesy of U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs)