Harrisonburg S.W.A.T. teams from across the Commonwealth swamped Harrisonburg Friday, but the presence was for a good reason and not an emergency.
There is little wiggle room for error when seconds matter the most and you only have one shot to get it right in an emergency.
"If we do not train together, we can not work together. If we get out here and a couple of teams have never worked together, things will go wrong and we will be held accountable for that," says E.J. Salemi with the Staunton Police Department.
Salemi says competitions between other teams is so important, because it hones their skills with challenging obstacle courses and exercises. Some of them can be tough.
"The rifle range. You are running a couple of hundred yards and shooting targets," says Salemi.
Teaching them to lean on each other and work as a team.
"The only way to simulate a live event when your life is in danger, is to add stress. So if you add things like people shooting back at us, or we are under the clock," says Salemi.
More importantly, it builds relationships between the departments. Back in September, the Harrisonburg Police Department relied on Staunton's Police Department to help them with a standoff.
"Harrisonburg is not a large department, so we lean on other agencies to bring in extra personnel or equipment to deal with situations," says Lt. Rod Pollard with the Harrisonburg Police Department.
The next time they run to a building, it may not be a drill and seconds will mean more than just a score.