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Albany -- The Albany Police Special Response Team has had its busiest week ever. The S.W.A.T. team was called out four times in six days on everything from knife wielding suspects to the firefighter who barricaded himself inside his apartment.

Wednesday they graded their work. One of the few quiet moments the Albany Police Special Response Team has had lately. The S.W.A.T. team goes over its busiest ever week.

 Last Wednesday for three hours they dealt with a knife wielding suspect who threatened to kill himself. Thursday they were on standby to help Crisp County law officers. Friday a nearly ten hour standoff with an Albany Firefighter, shooting a gun out his apartment window. Monday a four hour standoff with an Albany man suspected of firing a gun. Commander Bill Berry said "This has been the most activity we've seen since I've been here."

Wednesday the S.W.A.T. team members review their busy week. Major Berry said "It's a whole let better than training, because it's for real. We learn from that experience as you would in the street."

Investigator Kevin Casey was one of the S.W.A.T. members who dragged the suspected gunman from a burning apartment. Casey said "Once we breached the door, we made contact with the firefighter in this case, and brought him out of the building."

 The officers that make up the Special Response Team undergo rigorous training, preparing for these events year round. After operations they review for lessons. Major Berry said "You learn something every time you go out. We learn some things about our equipment. We learn some things about our environment."

Training and practice prepares the S.W.A.T.team, but even these veteran officers say this last seven days was a surprise. And they are proud how they performed Casey said "It's always a good day when everybody goes home safe."

The Albany Special Response Team says this last week's experience makes them better prepared for future emergencies.

Albany's Special Response Team is made up of Officers from the Albany Police, Dougherty County Police, and Dougherty Sheriff's Office.

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