The Big Questions

Would you or your employer know what to do during a terror attack? Have you had training at work? Is there a plan?

Are you worried that you or someone in your family might become the victim of a terrorist attack? This could be at work, while shopping, travelling, in a bar/restaurant at school. Soft targets ARE the targets as seen in the news in recent times.

Would you know how to deal with a critical injury? Life could ebb away in three minutes due to catastrophic bleeding. This needs much more than a bandage!


We have launched our new training product "CIMAT". We have delivered this training to individuals and corporate clients.

It's quite plain to see that soft targets are and always will be the 1st choice of a terrorist. We only need to reflect on recent news events to realise this.

Soft targets are all around us and we use them daily. These could be coffee bars, hotels, transport hubs, office buildings, the list goes on.

You or your company may not be at risk, that said, what about your neighbours? Are you at risk because of your proximity? Have you even considered that due to your personal and incidental use of these soft targets you are at risk? Who would ever think that going to a bar could be the last thing you do in life?

CIMAT 3 Security Awareness Topics
CIMAT Hostage Awareness Topics

What is CIMAT?

  • CIMAT is a joint venture with our training partner Mett training.
  • CIMAT is our Critical Incident Management and Awareness Training Program
  • Our CIMAT seminar will teach you, your employees what to do during a terrorist attack
  • The CIMAT seminar also includes hostage awareness and security awareness.
  • Of course, security awareness is the foundational element of the seminar.

    CIMAT slide 19 Creating an environment that protects itself through people first
    CIMAT slide 18 CAB - Commitment-Actions-Benefits

    So, what would a CIMAT seminar do for you and your employees?

    For a start, a few of the benefits of our CIMAT seminar are:

    • Creating employee awareness and confidence
    • Evacuation efficiency
    • Enhanced security posture
    • Saving lives
    • Compliance with your “Duty of Care” policy
    • Enhances crisis management program

    Our Commitment to our clients has always been to:

    • Provide meaningful training and seminars
    • Test learner/listener retention
    • Give honest feedback/observations
    • Deliver dedicated client specific drills to arranged timelines
    • Prepare program optimisation and security updates
    • Supply a holistic security survey
    • Furnish realistic and non-commercial biased recommendations
    • Quality assurance

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    Close Protection Professionals

    Close Protection Professionals

    Many Close Protection Professionals are up-skilling and undertaking (among others), counter/surveillance courses, weapons courses and advanced security driving courses.

    The Security Industry Authority (SIA) in the UK has stipulated that in order to obtain a licence it is mandatory for applicants to be in possession of either a current First Aid at Work (FAW) or First Person On Scene intermediate (FPOSi) certificate. That said; when renewing an SIA CP licence, proof that the applicant has an in-date FAW/FPOSi certificate is not required, there are no means within the SIA to record this either.

    In my first paragraph above, I mentioned that Close Protection Professionals are, indeed, up-skilling by doing other advanced courses; however, it has occurred to me that many are not renewing their FAW/FPOSi certificates prior to renewing their CP licence. Surely, it is important for the professional CPO to be up to date and hold a valid FAW certificate, otherwise why should this be stipulated as a requirement to obtain a licence in the first instance?

    Most CP training companies will provide FAW/FPOSi training as part of the Close Protection course package. My question is, do they follow up with their students when their FAW certificates have expired?

    In order for me to continue teaching First Aid, I have to requalify and renew my FAW certificate even though I am continually teaching the subject; shouldn't this apply to the Professional Close Protection Operator to be able to continue working in this field?

    Although not obligatory, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and all awarding bodies strongly recommend that first aiders should undertake a minimum 3 hour refresher each year in order to keep first aid skills current. In most cases, having done a first aid course, the student will never have to revisit/review those skills until they need to re-qualify, that is to say, if they actually renew their certificate. Would the first aider be competent to deliver first aid when really needed?

    My corporate clients have to ensure their first aiders’ certificates are renewed and, indeed, send them on annual refreshers. To comply with the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, employers must have the correct first aid facilities -based on a risk assessment (this includes first aiders and equipment) in their workplaces. If employers are found to be not complying with the Act they face prosecution and heavy fines.

    Questions for thought:

    1. Is it due to lack of regulation that the professional CPO does not renew their FAW certificate?
    2. Is it the lack of time needed to re-qualify that prevents the CPO renewing?
    3. Is it the cost of the course that prevents the CPO renewing?
    4. Is it that the CPO feels a First Aid qualification is not important to renew a licence?
    5. Is your FAW/FPOSi certificate in date?
    6. Has your training company informed you that your First Aid certificate has or is about to expire?
    7. Have you renewed your FAW/FPOSi certificate?
    8. Would you be competent (Really) to deliver first aid when needed?
    9. If your FAW/FPOSi certificate is due to expire, will you renew it?

    I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on this issue either on this page or via email

    Kindest regards

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