advanced Hostage Rescue




Hostage rescue operations are time sensitive, high-risk and require a robust and well-developed capability to ensure a successful outcome. Our Advanced Hostage Rescue course delivers current doctrine and provides students with leading edge hostage rescue tactics, techniques, and procedures.


As a student, you will receive education in hostage rescue tactics, core CQB rules, safety policies and procedures to avoid blue on blue situations, room geometry and entry positions for all team members as well as proper scanning procedures used to quickly clear the immediate fight-space. You will learn the priority of threat used for decision making and prioritizing threats to ensure risks are mitigated in the correct sequence.


During practical exercises you will learn how to properly stack at the door, signal that the team is ready and conduct two and four-man entry procedures during single and multi-room combat practice. After being deemed safe and competent, you will progress to conducting team level maneuvers to enter and clear hallways, intersections, and stairwells. You will then progress to full team, single point and multi-point assault training that will incorporate primary clearances, secondary clearances, and post assault procedures. Students will be taught how to set up a secure corridor within the stronghold and how to handle, move and process hostages and terrorists while on target before removing them and handing them over to external agencies.


This course will prepare you to make good tactical decisions during dynamic and fast paced situations and provide opportunities to exercise leadership, use of force policies, target discretion with shoot and no-shoot scenarios. You will participate in force on force, reality-based training exercises that will require you to act quickly and decisively in order to achieve the aim and safely rescue the hostages.


Our instructor cadre for this course are all veteran members of Tier-1 Special Missions Units with decades of collective experience in hostage rescue training. No other course delivers the same level of training in hostage rescue operations. This course contains no less that 40-hours of course work with 10% classroom and 90% practical exercises.


All CQB and HRT programs are conducted at client-specified training facility utilizing our Mobile Training Team. Courses can be modified to meet training facility requirements and delivered using live ammunition when using ballistic facilities or with the use of non-lethal training ammunition for non-ballistic facilities.


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Full time Law Enforcement Officer assigned to SWAT, SRT or active duty Military. 




This course can be modified to suit client training facilities and client training requirements. Courses can be executed using live fire, non-live fire using NLTA or a combination of live fire and NLTA. 


Subject Covered:


  • Hostage Rescue Education in current HRT tactics, techniques and procedures
  • Core CQB Rules
  • Priority of threat
  • The fatal funnel
  • Entry positions for each team member & areas of responsibility
  • Fields of fire and sweep patterns
  • Center & corner fed rooms
  • Door & Entry Procedures
  • 2 & 4-Man Single Room Combat Practice and the Primary-10 Room Combat Scenarios
  • 4-Man Multi-Room Combat Practice
  • Tactical application of Noise Flash Diversionary Devices (Flashbangs) 
  • Hallway Procedures & Train Movement
  • How to enter and clear stairwells
  • Deconfliction procedures & preventing fratricide (Blue on Blue)
  • Primary Clearance procedures to limits of exploitation
  • Secondary Clearance Procedures
  • Hostage & Terrorists/Suspect Counts
  • Post Assault procedures
  • Hostage Handling, Searching & on-target Marshalling Procedures
  • Setting up Secure Corridors & Stronghold Security
  • External Hostage Reception procedures
  • Emergency Action Assault planning and execution
  • Deliberate Action Assault planning and execution
  • Force on force, reality based training exercises




The following equipment list is considered to be the minimum standard for students to arrive with. Students may augment this list with other personal equipment as required. (* denotes optional items that should be brought to the course if issued.)


  • Ballistic helmet
  • Body armor with hard protective inserts
  • Duty uniform & suitable footwear
  • Duty Carbine with sling, flashlight, optic, aiming laser*, suppressor*
  • (3) NLTA rifle magazines
  • NLTA Rifle (blue blot or upper receiver)
  • (5) live rifle magazines
  • Duty Handgun with flashlight
  •  Pistol Holster & duty belt
  • Magazines, pistol x 3
  • NLTA Pistol (or Conversion Kit)
  • Eye Protection

  • Gloves suitable for shooting
  • Hearing Protection
  • Hand held flashlight
  • APR (Gas Mask)
  • Individual Patrol Radio (only for closed courses)
  • Communications suite, headset/PTT (only for closed courses)
  • Night Vision Goggles*
  • Batteries for all equipment 
  • Weapons cleaning kit
  • Water Bottle or equivalent
  • Note taking materials
  • Chemlights (blue/red/green)



The following ammunition will be required for live fire courses

Live Ammunition:

Carbine - 300 rounds
Pistol - 100 rounds

Non-Lethal Training Ammunition:

Carbine - 300 rounds

Pistol - 100 rounds

The following ammunition will be required for Sim / UTM only courses
Non-Lethal Training Ammunition:

Carbine: 600 rounds
Pistol: 200 rounds

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