"Our role play actors are psychologically trained in criminal and victim behavior."
"Award winning role play actors and film makers specially trained in disaster and crisis management."
"We dramatise events for emerging security needs in the UK, Middle East and worldwide. Our specialist role play actors – many with security clearance – are trained by behavioural psychologists and rigorously rehearsed in criminal and victim behaviour to help police, the army and the emergency services, hospitals, schools, local authorities, government, private security firms, shopping centres, airports, big business, criminal justice departments, media and the military to simulate incident environments for life saving procedures.
We use state of the art British film industry techniques, props and special effects to help trainers deliver essential, hands-on, high octane crisis response and disaster management training. We also work with trainee doctors, psychologists and care professionals.
Our role play actors are psychologically trained in criminal and victim behaviour.
Our producers work with your trainers to create a 'script' that enables the role play actors to know when to trigger key developments in an evolving crisis management scenario. We brief and rehearse the team - where possible on location - but at least with video surveillance footage.
Heads of department manage each discipline and report to the lead producer who is your direct contact at all times.
Our crisis management exercises can test monitoring and communications systems, safety plans including lockdown and evacuation procedures, the ability of emergency services to co-operate and respond effectively and - of increasing importance - their joint ability to respond to the press, media and information posted on social platforms and the internet.
All strategy is developed in partnership with our clients.
Nothing works as effectively in dealing with real-world disasters as rehearsal.
We bring all of our experience creating highly credible, dramatic scenarios to bear preparing your people for the worst and equipping them with the psychological and practical tools that will help them save lives and survive disaster.
We regularly execute NDAs that include our role play actors and crew.
Clients & Associates
We act for a wide range of clients, from private individuals to multi-national organisations, and everything in between."
Role Players Offer Real-World Training Experience
By Shannon Arledge Jan 13, 2014
"Training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) focuses on incident management and emergency response for catastrophic disasters. This training requires the finest teaching methods and the best instructional and support staff available.
Since 2006, the CDP has employed Role Player/Actors (RPAs) who simulate survivors in a variety of disaster scenarios, depicting chaotic scenes of emergency response and tragic consequences.
“Everything here is based on making training real for the students,” says Craig Burt, an RPA controller. “RPAs bring the real world to training. It is more realistic when the responder students are working with a living person and all their emotion, as opposed to dealing with a mannequin or piece of cardboard.”
A city mayor, pregnant woman, injured traveler, inebriated patient, hostile father, gunshot victim and a variety of other RPA characters pack the inside of a hospital or scream for help following a simulated subway railcar crash. RPAs add to the chaos as emergency responders treat the injured, decontaminate survivors and mitigate the disaster scene.
“Training that includes actual people in the emergency scenes [better] represents a crisis,” says Stephanie Horton, an RPA. “Explosions and bad things happen—it is the world we live in and first responders are the ones who rush to the call. I feel our participation is super important to training.”
“Our training is enhanced by the Role Player/Actors,” says Chuck Medley, assistant director of Training and Education. “Feedback from the most seasoned responders makes our role playing/actor program necessary. The attention to detail and genuine care for training is evident in our product and role players set the benchmark.”
Prior to 2006 role players were pulled from full-time support duties and integrated into the training curriculum. However, this integration interfered with daily organizational responsibilities. The CDP now employs approximately 75 RPAs who usually work 30-40 hours each month. Having a pool of RPAs allows instructional and other support staff to focus on training, and adds a touch of realism to the scenarios and exercises played out on a weekly basis.
“We portray a scene emergency responders will deal with in an actual situation,” says Mary Smith, an RPA. “We make the students uncomfortable and they learn more. It is a wonderful job and I’m proud to do my part—we are helping.”
“I don’t believe anyone realizes the level of training going on here,” says John Cassell, RPA. “It is amazing and self-satisfying knowing I had a part in helping people train to save lives.”
“Our role players range in age from 19 to 77 years old,” says Burt. “It is hard to have a 19-year-old act the part of a 70-year-old and look realistic. We have the versatility to match the age to specific people.” "
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