Hostile Environment Deployment Standards

Designed to confirm or bring armed professionals up to industry standards before employment in high threat location, this two days course covers all non-mission specifics topics to guaranty new team members will be an asset and not a liability.

The private security industry expectations and regulations have pushed for high standards and qualified and vetted professional are in high demand but with professionals coming from various backgrounds, clients, employers and insurance company usually require proof of qualifications and competency.

HEDS is not only a shooting course

HEDS is not only a fighting course

HEDS is only about standards

HEDS is a very demanding and challenging professional development course that will confirm or refresh your ability to be a valuable element to your employer, your teammates and the client , leaving no doubt about your mindset, your attitude, your efficiency and your qualifications.

During 2 days, HEDS will challenge your weapons handling, communication skills, learning ability and even your customer service level, preparing you for exciting jobs where armed security is needed.

This course combines formal drills, exercises, simulations and lectures designed to make sure you will be an effective team member with high weapon manipulation skills, professional attitude, sound technical knowledge and superior ethics.

Built with the vetted armed professional in mind, HEDS could be the start of an exciting career for individuals leaving the military or a law enforcement agency but also for the advanced shooter interested in the private security industry.

Course content


Extended Battlefield Medicine

Proficiency in trauma and combat related injuries is mandatory for any professional working in high threat locations. Battlefield Medicine is based on the Tactical Care of Combat Casualties principles and covers topics about care under fire, catastrophic bleeding, triage, airway management, IKAK, patient care, evacuation, prolonged care in remote settings, etc.

Weapons handling

  • Proficiency confirmation
  • Malfunction drills
  • Transition work
  • Positional shooting
  • Working around people
  • Shooting around people
  • Barricade work – Cover/conceal
  • On the move
  • Team work
  • VHL considerations
  • Final exercise
  • Firearms qualifications

Professional development

  • Mindset & Attitude
  • The quiet professional
  • The private security industry
  • The employer, your teammates, the client
  • Equipment considerations
  • Deployment preparation

Requirements and vetting

Due the nature of the course content, a vetting process is in place and students must be prepared to supply documentation regarding military or law enforcement background and advanced firearm training.

Equipment list

  • One open mind
  • Approved ear and eyes protection
  • Protective gloves
  • Sturdy clothes and boots
  • Semi auto handgun with 3 magazines
  • Semi auto rifle with minimum 6 magazines
  • 300 rounds of quality pistol ammo (no reloads)
  • 600 rounds of quality rifle ammo (no reloads)
  • Rifle sling
  • Low profile AND high profile gear
  • Optional: knee pads

Low profile gear list

  • Undershirt
  • Sturdy shirt
  • Sturdy belt
  • Strong side belt mounted rigid holster (no SERPA).
  • Belt mounted handgun and rifle magazine pouches (2 each)
  • A low profile way to carry extra magazines and equipment (bandoleer, backpack, messenger bag…)
  • Optional: low profile armor or plate carrier

High profile gear list

  • Plate carrier with plates
  • IFAK
  • 6 rifle magazine pouches
  • Drop leg rigid holster (no SERPA)
  • Ballistic helmet (optional)

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