Executive Protection Courses

By Damien Richey

What should an Executive Protection course contain? This is an interesting question. Executive protection is one of the only industries in which its practitioners claim responsibility for their client’s safety and wellbeing, yet there are virtually no requirements to enter the field and state regulations vary greatly.

Virginia seems to have the most professional standards while some states have none. California, with all of its billionaires, only requires practitioners to be breathing. If one can make it through the rigorous requirements of the eight-hour Guard Card course, which has nothing to do with protection, one is considered employable in the industry.

Executive protection courses vary in length from 1 day exposures taught by EPI and other schools, to several weeks at places like ESI. Having taught at one of the schools in Hucky’s “Top Executive Protection Schools” and worked as a protection professional, I cannot imagine what a one day seminar would contain that would qualify one for the job.

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Bodyguards in Iraq

Bodyguards in Iraq

By Nathan Seabrook: Part 1 of 4

The war in Iraq was both a wake up call and rapid transition of how the nature of CP/PSD operations were to evolve. Changes in SOP’s, tactics, weapons and movement operations were to rapidly transition because of the ever changing and fluid tactics used by insurgent and criminal groups throughout Iraq.

This four part article will look at some of the changes that CP/PSD teams used in Iraq in order to successfully and safely accomplish their missions and operations.

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Blow Out Bag

By: Georges Tabet

One of the most important pieces of equipment that any protective agent carries, whether he/she is operating in the hostile environments of Iraq or Afghanistan or providing a low profile entertainment  protection detail in the United States is an individual aid kit, or better known to most operators as a “Blow Out Bag”.

A blow out bag for those not familiar with this term is nothing more than a small personalized aid bag that an operator/protection agent carries on their person while working in the field. The blow out bag should contain various pieces of medical aid items that reflect the needs of that specific protective agent as well as the environment and threats that may be encountered.

Keep in mind that the kit you put together should contain the basic items you need to treat common traumas (airway, bleeding, shock, burns).  The purpose of the blow out kit is not to heal a wound; it is meant to keep you alive and in the fight until you are able to be MEDEVACED to a location that has the advanced medical facilities needed to properly care for your injuries.

In the summer of 2006 while assigned to A PSD Team operating in Iraq, I carried in my personal blow out kit the following items;

1.    Two ratchet-strap tourniquets. (In Iraq it was not uncommon to have multiple injuries that may require the use of an additional tourniquet.)

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