In VIP Protection instruction, we study techniques for carrying out an explosive recce on a vehicle, to convince trainees to never leave the VIP vehicle unsecured. In fact, to truly carry out a thorough explosives recce it’s necessary to take the vehicle to a maintenance facility and raise it for a careful check of its undercarriage. But this is time-consuming and expensive, and normally only justified when the vehicle has been out of the team’s control. The best way to prevent a vehicle explosives recce is to have the vehicle under constant observation by the driver or another member of the team, and/or have it in a locked garage with video surveillance and alarm systems in place.
Nevertheless, members of a protective team need to know the basics of carrying out an explosives recce since we do not live in a perfect world and they might be assigned a vehicle on relatively short notice. It’s understood that members of protective teams are not EOD specialists, although a team member might have that training. The job of team members is to look for any indications that the vehicle has been booby-trapped or that a device has been installed, then to get everyone away from it and call for EOD personnel.
In VIP Protection instruction, we study techniques for carrying out an explosive recce on…
by Bob Arganbright / Aug 1, 2007