Hostile Environment Close Protection Operator
This course has been designed by EGS personnel who have extensive current operational experience and brings the latest methodology and techniques used on the ground for security operations in hostile environments. The course is a requirement for close protection personnel being deployed to unstable hazardous regions.
HECPO Attendance Requirements
You must of served a minimum of 5 years military service or with a Specialist Police unit, and have served at least 1 operational tour in a hostile environment.
EGS requires the student to hold a current valid SIA license. If you do not hold a license Exertus runs accredited Close Protection courses with the First Person on The Scene Intermediate FPOS(i) included. On passing the exam you can then apply for the SIA license. You have to be physical fit and in good health as the course is arduous. Be prepared to work hard, as EGS has exacting standards and a pass mark is not guaranteed. The reason a pass mark is not guaranteed is this:
Would EGS instructors send a man into a HECPO environment who could possibly end up working with them in a HECPO team if they were not properly trained?
You will be continually assessed by the instructor cadre during the course for the possibility of future employment by EGS.
The course runs for 7 days at our HECPO training wings near Christchurch, Bournemouth and near Cobham, Kent.
An intensive course delivered by expert instructors who have lived the experience and have instructed at the highest levels.
Due to current UK Firearms Legislation EGS uses air soft weapons for all instruction and drills, as well as air soft pyrotechnics grenades/flares (Christchurch only for pyrotechnics)
On Completion of the course you will receive an Exertus Hostile Environment Close Protection Operator Certificate.
Working in a hostile environment/SOPs
Weapons handling H/E
Foot drills/Anti ambush/Contact reps
Map reading/evac drills
Reaction to attack
OP orders/AA reports/Contact reports
Fire and Movement in CASEVAC
Client briefings/ROEs/TL orders
Intro to vehicles
Vehicle drills/Vehicle search
Hostile search drills
VCP drills/Hostile/Non Hostile