Hundreds of Australians have signed up for crisis survival classes fearing a terrorist attack on home soil.
Former British commando and international security expert Tony Loughran has seen interest in his Zero Risk International training classes increase with the rise in global terrorism.
“The interest has really shot through the roof,” Mr Loughran told A Current Affair.
International security expert Tony Loughran has seen an increase in interest for his terror training courses with the rise in global terrorist attacks (Source: A Current Affair)
He says that, “without a shadow of a doubt,” courses such as his “can mean the difference between life and death.”
With 30 years’ experience in the some of the world’s most dangerous places, Mr Loughran’s tips generally come from personal experience.
A Current Affair reporter Leila McKinnon attended one of Mr Loughran’s courses last week and described the experience as “horrific”.
A Current Affair reporter Leila McKinnon described the training exercise as being “horrific” (Source: A Current Affair)
She was involved in a mock hostage situation with several other volunteers, learning how to behave and respond when terrorists try to take over.
“Obviously, it’s nothing like the real thing, but it’s really intense,” McKinnon said.
“It’s crazy, I can’t explain to you what it’s like. I can’t imagine what it must be like to go through. I hope I learn something from this about how to survive.”
Mr Loughran provided the participants with tips that could possibly keep them alive if they were to be in a serious situation in the future.
Volunteer hostages were blindfolded and led through a mock hostage situation (Source: A Current Affair)
He recommends hiding behind concrete, if possible, and getting as low as you can.
“Stay there for the first couple of minutes, really, to gauge really what’s going on and then when you feel at the end of the day that you can actually get away, then get away to safety,” he said.
“It’s your instinct to turn around, to be inquisitive and to find out what’s really going on. You’re in survival mode… But slow, sly moves are the key.”
“The terrorist might be going around looking for more targets and all of a sudden, your little head pops out around the corner and all of a sudden, he’ll have a go.”
Mr Loughran says that courses such as his “can mean the difference between life and death” (Source: A Current Affair)
Mr Loughran also recommends standing your ground, as building a relationship with the people keeping you hostage may keep you alive longer and show you are willing to negotiate.
“We’re all born with survival instincts, you were standing your ground, you were saying ‘I’m not next,'” he said.
“If you can continue the dialogue, there’s less of a chance of someone actually trying to shoot you.”
But he also suggests not just keeping a dialogue going with the terrorists, but also the other hostages.
“Become a bonded unit. You’re not just one individual fighting against a terrorist, you become a group and a potent force.”
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