Schiff: Hi, welcome to "FBI 100, A Closer
Look." I'm Neal Schiff of the Bureau's Office
of Public Affairs along with FBI Historian Dr.
John Fox. John, the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team
is an elite group of Special Agents. Special trained
and ready to rush to an incident anywhere in the
world, if needed?
Fox: "Yes Neal. The Hostage Rescue Team was
created back in 1983 in order to be ready for
responding to possible terrorists or other hostage
situations that required that special training
that would give us a force that could get involved
in highly dangerous situations where we didn't
want a military service to go in."
Mr. Schiff: So John, what are some of the
incidents that are well known to our listeners
that the Hostage Rescue Team at the FBI has gone
to and into operations?
Dr. Fox: "The Hostage Rescue Team has
responded to the Talladega Prison Riots; they
responded to the hostage situation at Waco; they
have been basically at the ready for every major
special event that the Bureau helps with security
at whether it is a Super Bowl or an Olympics game
or something else. They've gone to Iraq and they
have served U.S. forces over there as well."
Schiff: HRT folks come highly qualified and
their training is quite rigorous, isn't it?
Fox: "The agents who are selected for our
Hostage Rescue Team receive extensive tactical
training in a wide variety of situations where
they might be called up to react in highly specialized
training facilities that we have down at Quantico
as well as the best that our other military and
other police forces might teach us as well."
Schiff: I understand our Hostage Rescue Team
also works out with the Navy Seals?
Fox: "Yes Neal. Not only to learn some of
things that the Seals can teach us but also to
ensure that should the need arise we can operate
Schiff: From the FBI's Public Affairs office,
along with Bureau Historian Dr. John Fox, I'm
Neal Schiff with "FBI 100, A Closer Look."
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