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To be a SWAT Operator not only requires ambition, but a lot of extra work.

Officers from across the state come together once a year in order to learn SWAT basics.

Alysia Huck reports on this years training camp in Minot.

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(Justin Dump - Lt Minot PD - Local Minot PD SWAT Commander) "these guys work hard and this is all in addition to what their regular job is..."

Once a year, SWAT operators from across the state get a chance to train and learn SWAT basics, from chemical munitions to hostage rescue.

Lt. Dump explains what the officers are exposed to in a course in chemical munitions and less lethal projectiles.

(Justin Dump - Lt Minot PD - Local Minot PD SWAT Commander) "what they would be getting exposed to is a CS chemical munitions. It is similar to tear gas, in layman's terms. It provides a burning sensation, makes you feel like you have a bad cold, mucous membranes clog and you basically can't breathe for a while."

So the men geared up, partnered up and got ready to move into the cloud.

It began with a smoke grenade to test the wind direction, but once the CS canister popped...

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There was no turning back...

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(Justin Dump - Lt Minot PD - Local Minot PD SWAT Commander) " the officers went in with their gas masks to test the seal some did not have a good seal and will learn from that next time...came out and recovered in that fresh air."

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(Justin Dump - Lt Minot PD - Local Minot PD SWAT Commander) "next time they will have a complete exposure, will go in with a partner and actually have to walk through...so even those guys who had a good seal are still going to get an exposure and know what that's like."

And while considered non-lethal, the effects of the gas are quite apparent and it's an experience one officer does not recommend for everybody...

(Ramone Gumke - Sgt. Stutsman Cty Sheriff's Dept) "worst part is burning of eyes, can't see, eye tear up, and just trying to breathe. Every breath you take you just want to cough and just get out of it..."

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(Justin Dump - Lt Minot PD - Local Minot PD SWAT Commander) "Once you are removed from it, you recover really quickly from it."

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(Justin Dump - Lt Minot PD - Local Minot PD SWAT Commander) "and once you get some goo breaths in you're able to rehabilitate from it."

But as Lt. Dump says, it's all in a days work for these officers.

(Justin Dump - Lt Minot PD - Local Minot PD SWAT Commander) "they sacrifice quite a bit and put in lot of extra hours...something special...

In Minot, Alysia Huck, KXNews.

In addition to the week long basic SWAT session, the Minot Police Department also has other training twice a month.

This year was the first year the basic SWAT training took place in Minot.

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