Those with military or law enforcement backgrounds will be familiar with frequently repeated training modules and associated drills. The purpose of these is to ensure that personnel are ready to react immediately to a given set of circumstances. As an example, a soldier will react to incoming enemy fire when he remembers the mantra: “DASH, DOWN, CRAWL, OBSERVE, RETURN FIRE”. The wording may vary from country to country, but the point is that the reaction is instinctive as a result of hours of training. Similarly, a military parachutist is taught, on exiting the aircraft to “CHECK CANOPY, ALL ROUND OBSERVATION, LOWER WEAPONS CONTAINER, ASSESS DRIFT and ADJUST LOWER LIMBS IN PREPARATION FOR LANDING”. Thus, he does this automatically, and in an emergency, would immediately operate his reserve parachute if there were seen to be any kind of malfunction at the check canopy stage or at any point during his descent. Clearly, the main aim of an organization is to cover its core business, but protection of personnel and assets is an important and increasingly legal requirement and training is a vital component of this. A solid training plan can result in the delivery of effective security and safety programs without adversely affecting production or other business commitments by making the best use of available time.

A comprehensive Risk and Vulnerability Assessment will identify several scenarios, such as active shooter, bomb threat, civil disturbance, cyber-attack, chemical release—all of which will need to be planned for. The bottom line is that each employee needs to know what he/she must do in the event of a given emergency. To ensure this, regular training and drills must be carried out to the point where the response is instinctive. On-line training leading to multiple choice questions and answers is not the best method of preparing for an emergency, even if management sees this as an easier tick-the-box method of providing this information. Intelligent employees can often answer such questions without the need to read the on-line lessons and thus important issues may be overlooked. Classroom training and discussion followed by practical drills is much more effective when preparing personnel for dealing with an incident. There will be differing requirements for Crisis Management Teams, your security organization and regular employees/staff.

Merletti Gonzales International Security Consulting can provide the following training assistance, worldwide:

  • Experienced Instructors who can train security staff, crisis management teams and regular employees
  • Design crisis centers and provide recommendations as to provision of relevant equipment for their operation
  • Work together with management to prepare comprehensive Risk and Vulnerability Assessments
  • Prepare Emergency Response and Evacuation Plans
  • Train the Trainer:  Prepare key members of staff to conduct regular in-house training programs and drills
  • Conduct regular audits of Emergency Plans and training with a view to identifying gaps and improving procedures
  • We also have the expertise to help you with your response to other emergencies, including fire, natural disasters, medical issues
  • Liaise with local law enforcement