Risk & Threat

Hostage/Lockdown/Active Threat

Hostage/Lockdown/Active Threat Response Training

Be prepared for the different types of threat that could happen at your workplace

Threat scenarios can pose an imminent danger to the physical and psychological well being of employees and building occupants. Knowing how to quickly respond and act during such incidents is essential to protecting lives and preventing injury. These types of threat scenarios can include hostage situations, active/live shooter incidents, and threats that require a building lockdown. Our Threat Preparedness training equips people with the skills required to quickly assess the type and severity of a threat and to respond appropriately.

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Hostage Situation Response

A hostage situation can happen intentionally or unintentionally

Being held hostage is probably one of the most terrifying experiences a person can face. Hostage taking can happen either as an intentionally planned incident, such as an act of terrorism, or it can develop unintentionally through incidents such as a failed armed robbery. With life preservation being the ultimate objective, this training covers practical strategies and procedures for:

  • How to avoid being taken hostage
  • How to act/behave as a hostage
  • What to do as a first witness to a hostage situation
  • How to act/behave during a rescue situation
  • How to communicate with Law Enforcement and Emergency Services
  • Trauma counselling

Our training will help your employees and building occupants prepare for such incidents, equipping them with practical skills and procedures to help maximise their chances of coming out of the situation unharmed.

Lockdown Procedures

Lockdowns are usually initiated when an emergency situation exists in or around a building, but it is unsafe to evacuate.

Knowing when and how to lockdown a facility is essential to maximise the life safety of employees/occupants during a potential or actual dangerous incident. A lockdown may be preventative or emergency depending on the situation.

  • Preventative Lockdown is initiated when a threat exists in part of the building or the immediate vicinity.
  • Emergency lockdown is initiated when an actual incident happens on-site (such as an active shooter or hostage situation), with the potential for imminent harm to occupants.

Our training is designed to enable wardens, employees and occupants to respond quickly and appropriately, according to the nature of the incident.

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Active Threat Response

These events usually occur without any prior warning

Probably the scenario that involves the most potential for imminent harm to individuals is the active/live shooter. These events usually occur with the shooter being on-site before the threat becomes apparent. These incidents can involve one or more armed intruders actively using firearms to cause harm or take lives, often indiscriminately. Possible causes or motives behind such incidents can include; escalated customer grievances, drug-related crime, political activism and acts of terrorism. The dangers include the possibilities of death, temporary or permanent injury and/or psychological trauma.

Such incidents can happen quickly and unexpectedly, often causing shock, confusion and panic. Having a plan of action in place is essential to maximising life safety and increasing active threat preparedness. Our active threat training is designed to help people quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect their own lives – when to ESCAPE, HIDE and TELL.

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Who Should Attend?

This training is suitable for the general occupants of a building. It can also be supplemented as a training session for members of the Emergency Control Organisation (ECO)/Wardens Team, forming part of the Warden Skills Training.


The Hostage/Lockdown/Active Threat Response Training runs for approximately 60-90 minutes. It can also be delivered as part of a half-day Threat Response Management Training package.