Here are some of the photos during the recent ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course. In this actual Force on Force exercise, attendees escort their VIP from a building to a nearby vehicle, however armed assailants conduct an ambush. The students are evaluated on their reactions and decisions made. The level of realism is intensified by the use of Airsoft weapons that deliver a realistic (and at times painful) simulation of taking fire and having to return fire against a live person. (click on the photo to enlarge)
Fig 1. After identifying an imminent threat, the front security escort moves forward and prepares to engage.
Fig 2. the primary bodyguard, assisted by the 2nd security escort covers and evacuates the VIP to the nearby vehicle –finding it disabled.
Fig 3. The primary bodyguard elects to move the VIP to the far side of the vehicle, using it for cover. At this point, the 2nd security escort has drawn his firearm and engaged the attackers from the rear of the vehicle.
The next course is September 8-12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To learn about additional Close Protection training from ICON Services Corporation, click HERE.
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Looks to be a great group of guys this class. Everyone showed up on time and ready to work. By the end of the day you could see the exhaustion, but I feel if your going to invest your time and hard earned cash, the payout should be worth it. Correct?
To learn more about future ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Courses, click HERE
ICON presents a fast paced comprehensive course for intermediate to experienced shooters. Taught by our highly qualified instructors, this two day course is open to the public and will prove a dynamic experience into the world of offensive/defensive shooting using a combination of classroom, drills and extended live fire exercises. In addition, an optional 3rd day is offered to members of the Executive Protection Community so that they may enhance their skill set.
Limited seating available.
To learn more or sign up for the course, visit www.Industry-Icon.com/Training
For more information on signing up for the advanced pistol training, or other classes offered, click HERE.
Video behind the jump.
Click here to learn more about the ICON VIP Protection Target Line.
ICON instructors field testing the targets (Where Mike Biggs has the eerie opportunity to actually shoot himself.)
Hans Van Beuge of SAVIOR Services showed me an interesting article about how more and more civilian security contractors (or PSD’s) operating in War-zones are becoming the course of unfiltered news occurring on the front lines. Unhampered by government or military restrictions, some of these contractors have taken to writing Blogs to document their experiences and share them with the broader world. To read the full story, click HERE.
Got a chance to carve out some time at the outdoor range working with my senior firearms instructors Mike Briggs & Justin Johnson. The rain held out, not that it mattered, we would have all still been out there doing the same thing ~ES
For more information about the ICON Advanced Pistol Course, click HERE.
The future looks bright.
Mr. Austin’s original article on the shortage of female bodyguards:
“More and more, female BODYGUARDS are being sought after by women celebrities. Because executive protection has been a male-dominated field, there is a lack of female talent from which women celebrities have to choose. Harlan Austin, President of BodyguardCareers.com attributes this shortage to the ongoing perception that “size matters.”The simple fact is that a successful bodyguard should never have to use violence or draw a weapon. The belief in “brawn over brains” is a misconception. With that in mind, there’s no reason to doubt a woman can successfully manage the job.There is also a “boys club” attitude towards the field of Executive Protection, simply because the pools from which an bodyguard is selected has traditionally been from a male-dominated workforce; law enforcement, military personnel, martial arts and the like. Because women have now been more integrated into these traditionally male careers, they too, are candidates worthy of consideration for careers in executive protection. ”
For the entire article click HERE.
ICON Advanced Pistol Course
Dates: July 12-14, 2010
Location: Minneapolis, MN
2 Day Course w/ 1 Day add-on module (optional)
Cost: $500 (2 day) $150 (optional 3rd day Executive Protection Module)
ICON presents a fast paced comprehensive course for intermediate to experienced shooters. Taught by our highly qualified instructors, this two day course is open to the public and will prove a dynamic experience into the world of offensive/defensive shooting using a combination of classroom, drills and extended live fire exercises. In addition, an optional 3rd day is offered to members of the Executive Protection Community so that they may enhance their skill set. Limited seating available.
- Holster Drills
- Shooting From Cover
- Engaging Multiple Targets
- Shooting on the Move
- Shoot/No Shoot Scenarios
- Walking Drills (EP Module)
- Shooting in a team dynamic (EP Module)
- Client Cover & Evacuation (EP Module)
- Embus & Debus Engagements (EP Module)
Students will be evaluated on fundamentals, speed, and accuracy. As an added bonus, the “Top Gun” award will also be presented in the form of a free Glock 9mm firearm sponsored by Glock.
For more information contact: Training@Industry-Icon.com