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Exceptional Training of Our People


All Security Staff Agents successfully complete the Advanced Protector Skills Academy,
an 18-week training.

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Simulated Combat

As in our use of the smoke-filled aircraft cabin, the most effective training seeks to place people in accurate simulations of the specific situations in which they’ll need to perform. For example, to be inoculated against the stressors they’ll encounter, firefighters are required to make their way through a building that is engulfed in flames. It wouldn’t be effective to use flickering red lights and orange paper. Likewise, protectors benefit from accurate simulation of the types of stressors they might experience in their work – including violent attack.

To perform even in the presence of hostile gunfire, they must experience the noise, shock, and pain of gunfire in situations that effectively simulate real attacks.

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Our Simulated Combat training (known as SimCom) uses real handguns firing real projectiles. Rather than lead bullets, the guns fire plastic marking capsules, but they hurt nonetheless. In this context the pain is good, for it’s part of the inoculation, giving a dose of the precise stress that protectors might experience in an emergency. For SimCom training, we set up a simulated protective assignment in which our people are shot at, and hit. Though under fire, they learn to continue performing their duties.

Combat Fear Inoculation

The situation that is most difficult to accurately simulate is hand-to-hand combat. Typical training used by police and military academies involves someone “playing” a bad guy who “attacks” other participants. This method cannot be fully effective, for trainees are always aware that nobody is really trying to hurt them. Accordingly, the experience does not convey the fear and danger of a real-world violent encounter.

Our firm has pioneered and developed innovative methods for accurately simulating the frightening aspects of combat.

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Health and Readiness Test

Security Staff Agents are required to pass the Health and Readiness Test on an annual and random basis. Because our company’s goal is the safety of our clients, we designed a unique test, known as Atlas, to precisely simulate the types of physical challenges a protector might face while assigned to a client.

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Rather than have our agents simply perform a few calisthenics, the Atlas course consists of sprinting, pulling a weighted bag 100 feet, carrying a 150 pound person for 50 feet, climbing over an eight-foot wall, crawling through confined spaces, and carrying a second weighted bag 160 yards.

imageAt the end of the fatiguing course, the agent has to complete the arrest simulator which requires strength and precision.

All of this must be accomplished in less than three minutes.


Aircraft Emergency Training

GDBA engaged the leading experts on aircraft emergency procedures to design a training program specifically for protectors.  Our people are placed into stressful evacuation situations in the precise environments where emergencies happen (smoke-filled cabin rocked by turbulence, window exits, inflatable rafts).  They learn from actual experience as opposed to being provided merely information.

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