As a former Emergency Medical Technician and Rescue Diver, I have seen first aid and trauma kits of varying sizes, shapes and colors that included enough equipment to operate a MASH unit at the site of a catastrophe for a month. On the other hand, the most experienced flight nurse/combat medic I’ve ever known once said that if he had a 2X2 bandage and a pair of rubber gloves, he was “good to go” for almost any occasion. This illustrates that it is the carpenter and not the tools that usually gets the job done, and thus it is clear that competent, recurrent training becomes an essential component in the protection specialist’s toolbox.Continue reading “Second Aid; Preparing for Medical Emergencies”
All of us in this field, as a “Protector”, understand the need for training. Most of us have attended one or the other of the basic Executive Protection courses. We take classes in Driving, Surveillance Detection, as well as Firearms training. All these courses or programs require some type of follow-on training to maintain skills or to remain proficient. But what types of training you are taking is dictated by what environment you would be working in. You really don’t need to take a course about the M240 machine gun if you are working Residential Security in the United States. That may change if you are securing a compound in a more non-permissive environment. The same goes for what types of medical training you are taking and what certifications you obtain. I hope to address some of those questions here. I will focus on training that should be considered for what we will call the domestic, which would also work for overseas travel depending on where you are going, and the hostile or non-permissive environments.Continue reading “Training Medical Essentials for the Protector”
It is often said that people resist change. But is that true? How about a promotion, a salary increase, or a transfer into a preferred assignment? Those are changes, aren’t they? I don’t think many people would resist any of those, do you?
It might be more accurate to say that people resist some change. Specifically, people resist change that is forced upon them; change they did not want and/or can’t control. So, the real issue is how can we manage the change in our lives? Either by taking action to affect the change or by doing something to minimize the negative impact of the change. The issue then is not so much the change, but our ability to manage the change.Continue reading “Change: How to manage it and reduce its stressful impact”
We do like comfort, don’t we? Often, also, we like routine. I feel that on a very deep level, as I am one of the guiltiest of that comfort seeking. But what I can say is that when I stepped out of that comfort zone and started conversations with people, I did not know that well, or even at all, that’s when things got interesting.Continue reading “Networking in Other Circles”