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Local range recent site for tactical unit training

A Huntingdon County farm’s shooting range was used in July to allow law enforcement officers from several states to participate in tactical unit training.
Aileen and Ken Fulcomer of Fulcomer Lane, near Warriors Mark, have a 600-yard shooting range in their back field. The National Tactical Officers Association\’s Sniper School used the range for three days as part of a five-day training course hosted by the State College Police Department.
About 20 officers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and New York and other parts of the country participated in the training. The training done at the Fulcomer’s range was at the advanced level. Organizers said participants had attended at least one other recognized school prior to attending the July program. The training included a tactical precision school that also includes field craft such as land navigation, use of cover and concealment and stalking.
Chris Fishel of the State College Police Department said the training is done all over the country and includes deputy sheriffs, city and rural officers and drug task force members who are involved in tactical units within their jurisdiction.
Fishel said tactical teams along with negotiators are able to resolve about 98 percent of crisis situations that require a response. He said about one to one-and-a half percent of the incidents end with the use of marksmanship.
Fishel said there are basic and intermediate training levels prior to the advanced course. He said there is also a further level known as an instructor development level.
Fishel indicated in many jurisdictions there are an average of one to two incidents (on average) a year that might require the use of a tactical team. He said tactical units are also being used more “with the increased war on drugs.” He said there are a lot more high-risk search warrants that require the use of a tactical team in order carry them out safely.
The continued training is critical for the success of those involved in tactical situations. It was described as “a perishable skill that requires constant updated to avoid failure” that could potentially cause injury or death to an innocent victim, bystander or law enforcement official.
Fishel commended the owners of the range used for the training by saying, “Ken Fulcomer was gracious enough to give us his land here for training.”
A Tyrone native, Tim Stringer of the Ferguson Township Police Department, is involved at the instruction level with the training school, according to the Fulcomers.
The farm off Hundred Springs Road has been in their family for 91 years. Many hunters from the area use the shooting range and in addition hunt on the farm. The Fulcomers are retired dairy and crop farmers.