Law enforcement officers never know when they'll find themselves in a dangerous situation. That's why Montgomery County sheriff's deputies are training in a new, state-of-the-art facility.
It's designed to recreate real-life scenarios. They call it "the shoot house" and WSFA 12 News went inside for an up-close look.
The shoot house replaces the rifle ranges of the past. Deputies with live ammunition use it to simulate raids.
The building is made of bullet-proof steel, covered with plywood, leaving no no danger of bullets ricocheting.
"The bullet breaks apart and disintegrates," said Lt. Phil Sanders. "It can't penetrate that steel and just falls to the bottom."
The idea is to make the shoot house as much like a real house as possible. That makes the training more realistic.
"The training we get when we set up in a house like that is just what we face in the real world," said Sgt. Rodney Barrett. "It's invaluable."
The shoot house also includes six infrared cameras, which also help in the training process.
"If they make mistakes, we can tell them, but now we can also bring them in the video room and show them," Lt. Sanders said.
The county's special operations team trains in the shoot house one week a month to ensure they're ready whenever they get the call.
It cost the county about $125,000 and is one of the first of its kind in the state. Sheriff D.T. Marshall says it's available to train officers from other law enforcement agencies as well.