Overall Excellent. This is gold standard stuff and the best you can get, short of being thrown into a hostile environment.
I found the HEAT training to go above and beyond my expectations. I have taken part in several different first aid and safety courses in different capacities, this one proved to me that until you are in a simulated environment you will never truly know how much you have learnt and how best to apply it. Steve and his team strike an excellent balance or realism and pressure without compromising on safety in any way. The days are structured well to keep you busy and offer lots of time to ask specific questions and to spend more time in certain practical areas. I have learn some skills that I hope I never have to use and some I will certainly be using in both my day to day work and while working in problematic locations.
I took part in the last course run by Staff Defence and I can honestly say that even with 30 years+ experience of working in Hostile environments I still learnt so much from this course. The high levels of expertise and professionalism were excellent. Every professional should be made do this..
Staff Defence has taught a number of Savills staff their Personal Safety Foundation course and the feedback has consistently been excellent from all who took part. I’m more than satisfied that our staff are now well equipped with essential knowledge and will know how to protect themselves if needed. The learning objectives were clearly stated and were definitely achieved. The quality of course materials and visual aids were good and I can’t thank the trainers enough for their hard work, their ways of teaching are very effective. The course was not only informative but it was thoroughly enjoyable for all, I’d recommend to anyone.
Here are some of the comments received from other Savills’ staff:
- “Very enjoyable and informative, thank you.”
- “Very informative, I ultimately will feel safer and know what to do. Thank you.”
- “Great instructors, very well taught.”
- “Wish it was longer”
We have used Staff Defence for hostile environment training and self defence classes. Their courses are world-class and versatile, carried out by extremely experienced and professional trainers with deep knowledge of global and domestic security issues. The training has equipped us with the confidence to plan and carry out communications work in fragile states and post-conflict settings, plus a strong understanding of how to keep safe in domestic locations too. As a CEO, safety of staff is of paramount importance, so I’m glad to have found a supplier I can rely on.
We send a number of our staff, sometimes alone, to remote areas of the world, often making long journeys. Through their isolation they are potentially at risk of something untoward occurring. They do a good job for us and anything we can do to help ensure their safety during their travels is worthwhile. The course that Staff Defence presents helps our staff to be aware of the dangers that exist and gives simple procedures to follow to avoid situations escalating or to protect themselves if they did. Our staff have enjoyed it and gained confidence from it.
We consider it to be the least we can do to support them in their efforts to remain safe during their travels.
I just wanted to pass on my gratitude for the excellent training that both Pete and Steve delivered to our Personal Safety Trainers. Their knowledge of how to adapt our current techniques and make them more relevant and workable meant that everyone benefited from their expertise. The training was a real eye opener and really hit home that you do not have to be particularly strong or aggressive to turn situations to your advantage. Their awareness of public perception surrounding police use of force was constantly threaded throughout the day and made the training relevant to our needs. The techniques were very effective (the screams and bruises are testament to this) and were delivered with good humour and in a relaxed manner. Instructors are still talking about the training day two weeks on. Both Pete and Steve are very humble, highly skilled individuals who are an asset to Staff Defence.
The training that they provide needs to be experienced, it really does work!
A group of female colleagues and I recently met with Steve and his team for a self defence class. My preconception of a self defence class was about learning how to throw your attacker over your shoulder and body slam them to the ground! Oh, how wrong could I be. We were taught that martial arts/boxing techniques are useless when it comes to self defence.
It takes years to practice and perfect and in a real life threatening situation, these techniques go out the window (even for someone highly trained). Instead we were taught all about the acupuncture pressure points and how by applying continued pressure in the form of downward sweeping movements we could cause pain to the attacker which is more effective than a punch to the face.
We didn’t just learn what to do in the event of being attacked, the guys highlighted how we could reduce the risk of getting into a potential threatening situation and being more aware of our surroundings. A lot of it was common sense but things that we had just not thought about.
The guys made the half day session very entertaining which helped create a fun environment to learn and take in and retain the information. We practiced in pairs and learnt how effective it would be.
We came away having learnt so much and we feel better equipped should we ever have the misfortune of being faced by an attacker.