Without question, realistic scenario-based training has saved the lives of countless law enforcement and military personnel. The value of such training is hardly debatable. However, logistical and liability issues can make finding new structures to train in a challenge. Of course, having access to a variety of structures is beneficial because it forces participants to “read” the floor plan as opposed to simply relying on their prior knowledge of the layout. That’s where the RATPAC (Reconfigurable Armored Tactical Personnel And Collective) Training System comes in.
The RATPAC Training System is a modular, reconfigurable structure, which can be used as a 20 foot by 8 foot stand-alone unit or joined horizontally or vertically to six stories to meet the specific training requirements of the end user. RATPAC is steel framed, with composite wall, floor, and ceiling panels. This ensures weather resistance, and easy clean-up of marking cartridges, which are a cornerstone of realistic firearms training simulations. The composite construction also reduces radio interference problems commonly associated with steel container structures.
Power of Versatility
RATPAC solves the “same old floor plan” dilemma by offering quick reconfiguration of rooms without the use of any tools. Since RATPAC can be configured to simulate a specific structure, operators can perform realistic “dry runs” in preparation for a live operation. There are even reconfigurable stairs that can be positioned inside or outside the structure. Stairs present a unique tactical challenge and ironically, while many of the structures operators encounter in the real world are multi-stories, many of the training facilities used to prepare for such an entry are single-story structures.
RATPAC can be equipped with breach doors and windows to facilitate forced entry training. Heavy Plexiglas windows enable operators to use live diversionary devices without damaging the structure. The roof is constructed of non-skid material, with rappelling points, allowing for a wide range of training options. RATPAC includes dimmable lights, ventilation, and special effects features.
“Shoot through walls” constructed of foam, allow marking cartridges to penetrate, just as live rounds could penetrate sheet rock. This offers a startling reminder of the difference between cover and concealment. “Window walls” can be used to simulate a commercial business structure or storefront. This enables trainers to simulate a typical commercial structure or storefront, which lends itself to robbery-in-progress, active-shooter, and hostage-rescue scenarios to name a few.
As a finishing touch, RATPAC can be outfitted with a façade to replicate a military or law enforcement specific target. Military Wraps provides photo-realistic representations that can transform RATPAC from a dilapidated building in Iraq to a modern U.S. office building and vice-versa. This ultra-realistic visual reference helps bridge the gap between training scenarios and real-life operations.
Making It Real
UXB International, Inc. offers RATPAC specific train-the-trainer courses provided by Awareness Protective Consultants, LLC. According to Jose Medina of Awareness Protective Consultants, their train-the-trainer course focuses on reconfiguration of RATPAC to add variety and realism to the training experience, with the ultimate goal being to teach operators to “think on their feet.” In addition to honing individual and team tactics, RATPAC training can help in planning operations more effectively, according to Medina.
Florham Park, NJ, PD Sergeant and Emergency Response Team Leader, Christopher Core said of RATPAC, “It gives us the most realistic training you can get, without going live.” Chief Patrick Montoure of Florham Park PD called RATPAC, “One of the best things on the market. I would absolutely endorse it to any other organization.”
RATPAC is a state-of-the art training system that closely replicates the types of challenges encountered by law enforcement and military personnel in the real world. The ability to customize the configuration of the structure helps to create a realistic, practical and “fresh” training environment. This keeps operators guessing and encourages them to think through problems in real time and under realistic conditions. For more visit uxb.com.