Sparsholt College Public Service students who are training for careers in the military or emergency services played both the ‘terrorist’ and the ‘hijacked’ during a mock terrotist attack at the Boeing 737 Centre in Bournemouth.

Classroom based training by self defence training experts ‘Essential Krav Maga’ provided students with essential lessons on planning and managing a major incident which would normally require a response from the Police, Fire or Ambulance services.

George Tabeart, Public Services Lecturer said: “The students had the opportunity to act as both terrorists and incident respondents in this scenario. There was very active learning with full speed take downs and expert, safe instruction in self defence. During the aeroplane exercise, the cabin was filled with smoke with the noise of terrorists and panic – an amazing simulation for learning. The students really benefitted from this exciting and worthwhile learning experience.”

The expert martial arts team also taught students self-defence techniques to disarm attackers with knives and handguns. The students were shown how to escape from being tied-up and how to behave while in a major incident scenario. Cockpit invasion drills were also instrcuted in the case of a cockpit being compromised on a plane.

The Public Service courses are ideal for those interested in joining one of the uniformed public services, such as the Police Force, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force. These courses provide students with the skills, preparation, discipline and level of fitness required for a career in the public and uniformed services. All of which are skills that are transferable and relevant to the private sector.

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