SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Even for seasoned tactical police officers, dangling out of a second-story window with nothing but an anchored rope system to prevent a 20-foot fall can spark a spat of nervous joking.
"Is that soft cement down there?" one Glendale Police SWAT officer yelled to a group of Glendale firefighters below.
Such was the scene Thursday afternoon at the Glendale Fire training facility as about 15 Glendale SWAT members got a lesson from their firefighting counterparts in how to tie complicated knots, anchor heavy-duty ladders and rappel down a 60-foot high structure.
About a dozen members of the Glendale Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team, which specializes in complicated rescue scenarios, taught the course as a way to prepare the police officers for certain response calls, where a suspect might be barricaded in a high, hard-to-reach place, officials said.