One of the most-often asked questions we receive is “What actually happens on a Team Frontier course?”
We hope the following overview will help to answer that question and give you an idea of how we operate and what we ask of all participants.
At whatever the venue, all our clients are welcomed before introductions are made and the day’s itinerary is explained. As most Team Frontier courses start early in the day, this is usually done over hot drinks and breakfast snacks.
This is followed by “kit issue” to all those taking part, which includes everything needed for the day, except footwear. We advise that all participants bring along solid footwear, with black boots being the most suitable but anything with good ankle support will suffice (trainers are not recommended).
The kit we issue can include (depending on the scenario): Black coveralls, gloves, protective eyewear, body armour, respirator, radio, belt, holster, and finally, weapons – both rifle and sidearm.
The participants are then divided into 4 or 5 man teams, depending on the total number. Each team member is then given their own “Call Sign” and this is what they will be referred to as for the duration of the course.
Following kit issue, there is short lecture covering the objectives of the day, safety, followed by a short Q&A session to answer any outstanding queries and allay any concerns.
The teams are then split into three.
The first group will go the range (Phase 1) to be taught the use of the semi-automatic pistol and sub-machine gun, which they have all been issued with (these are gas-powered replicas).
The second group move to one of the training areas (Phase 2), where they are introduced to the skills required for building and room entry as a team.
The third group will move to a training area (Phase 3), where they will be introduced to the principles of room combat.
Each group will rotate between the three phases until all groups have completed the initial training. This is normally completed by late morning and the groups then return to HQ for a refreshment break (refreshments are available throughout the day). During this break they will be given a briefing on the next phase, which will be a “walk through, talk through” of the Hostage Rescue Scenario that they have been working up to in the morning. (During the training phases information and background information is being given to the participants to digest to assist them as the day continues and also to add a life like reality to the training.)
The teams, along with the Instructors, will then carry out a very slow time move through an assault on a building, combing all that they have been taught during the morning. This dry run will be carried out twice normally and the teams will then return to the HQ, where they will be debriefed.
At this time lunch is served and it’s a working lunch, as the Instructors will now start putting pressure on the teams and team leaders, as they build up for the first of the participant’s own rescue. The teams will be required to plan and carry out the rescues, with the guidance of the instructors.
Team Leaders will be selected by the Instructors and participants will swap around during the day in various roles. This ensures that all involved understand the importance of communication, practice, trust and understanding each others’ roles, to ensure success.
The afternoon is then taken up with scenarios being fed to the participants, they in turn planning and executing their operations successfully.
The day comes to an end with a debrief, the return of equipment, lots of smiles, and positive lessons learned to take back to the workplace.
This is a training day which we take very seriously, to ensure that everyone who takes part gets the best experience and the draws the maximum benefit from it. We hope that all who take part not only improves as an individual and team member but leaves with a huge smile on their face – everyone thus far has!