During the month of August, six members of the East Central PA Regional Task Force successfully completed GTI's Advanced Sniper Course. This 4 day course featured a day of classroom work covering basic sniper fundamentals, ranging, wind evaluation, low light, final firing positions, camouflage and tactical movement, observation and field sketching, moving targets, barriers, angular shooting and long range shooting. Days 2-4 were trigger time intensive range days involving; 100 to 300 yard shooting positions, multiple target engagement (rapid bold manipulation), observation exercises, multiple stalking exercises, moving targets 100 to 300 yards, low light firing, angular shooting and long range shooting.
The East Central PA Regional Task Force (ECTF) is one of nine Regional Homeland Security Task Forces in Pennsylvania. The task force was formed in 1998 in response to the growing threat of the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and the regional effect of a potential incident. Today, the ECTF provides "All Hazards" planning, mitigation response and recovery services to citizens in the following Pennsylvania counties: Berks, Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Wyoming.