Advances in digital simulation have opened up new possibilities in many fields of instruction. But at the other end of the training spectrum is the growing requirement for reality-based training (RBT), in which trainees are immersed in hyper-real physical recreations of security or combat scenarios to encourage lightning-fast, tactical decision-making.

Course rationale

Hanover and CrisisCast have combined their experience and expertise both in real world training and in hi-fidelity simulations, to provide a unique offering for private and public sector clients worldwide: ‘FLASHPOINT RBT’

The use of highly realistic simulations in crisis management and disaster recovery training is proving invaluable: Through role play and an effective suspension of disbelief, we can engage both the mind and the emotions. To be immersed in the consequences of our actions is not only invaluable in our understanding of ourselves and how we operate in a crisis but also in helping our clients’ people to recognise stress behaviours so that, through training, they can improve their insights and maximise their effectiveness when responding to emergency situations.

CrisisCast’s immersive, hi-fidelity training simulations reinforce and amplify Hanover’s depth of knowledge in areas as diverse as business continuity, counter terrorism, crisis management, command and control, civil protection, risk management, protective security, maritime and port safety, close protection, borders, customs and excise, health, fire and environmental safety.

It is our combined conviction that the near future will bring the requirement for greater realism in live training events. Environments will need to become more realistic - the sights, sounds and smells will increase in fidelity. We believe the requirement for combined live and virtual events will increase and that these will be networked geographically by governments, military and NGOs.   We also anticipate an increase in the requirement for us to track trainees and deliver accurate after-action reviews as part of our Reality Based Training. The ‘enemy’ will need to be more convincing in training and the flashpoint will need to be understood by learners so that methods of operation can be taught convincingly and psychologically, from the both the aggressor’s and victim’s point of view.

If trainees in any area of crisis management or disaster recovery learn in an unforgettable way what to look for, both in a situation and in themselves, we are confident that they will find it when reality bites.