CSG: Hard Target Traveler Class, Feb. 16, 2019

Combat Studies Group has a new one day class – Hard Target Traveler. This would be a good class if you travel a lot, have kids going off to college in the big city or off on a mission, or just want to feel safer when traveling.

This class will be held in the Benton City, WA area on Saturday, February, 16th, 2019. Contact CSG at either frost@bitmessage.ch or frost@unseen.is in order join the class. You will need to make a $100 deposit on the class through the CSG store web page (click here). On that page scroll down to near the bottom, above the comments, where it says “Class Deposit.”

* The Hard Target Traveler *

Course length: one day (8-10 hrs classroom, with combatives lab)

Required materials: comfortable clothing, note taking materials

A condensed course to prepare the western traveler for the potential hazards of foreign travel as well as threats on the homefront. Subjects covered include: Counter-surveillance, route planning, unarmed physical defense & improvised weapons, escape and evasion from unlawful custody, digital security and communications, medical and other trade-craft skills.

Course objectives:

By the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate the following:

    • Conduct useful information gathering on an area prior to arrival
    • Identify trouble/danger areas using map study and OSINT
    • Identify indicators of human and digital surveillance
    • Prevent common vehicle attacks
    • Escape from common physical attacks and holds
    • Defend against blunt and edged weapon attacks
    • Render self and buddy aid in event of life threatening injury
    • Escape from various restraints
    • Setup and utilize secure communication channels
    • Setup an emergency cache and explain the different types
    • Treat/prevent various ailments and diseases with off-the-shelf remedies
    • Avoid and/or escape a riot or mob
    • Identify and explain safe houses and safe zone

Cost: $275

 

TACDA: The Real Risks of Fire

From The American Civil Defense Association’s blog,

firemen at housefire

Fire Safety and Survival

There are over 360,000 house fires in the United States every year with a substantial number of injuries and deaths. Eighty percent of the deaths and injuries occur in residential structures, with most of those fatalities occurring while those people are asleep. We can reduce the risk of death or injuries by fire through understanding how and where fires start and how to prevent the fires and ensure prompt notification if a fire occurs.

Studies of fires during emergency situations show a substantial increased risk because of the frequency and severity of fires when individuals and families are using cooking and heating methods that are less familiar and more hazardous than they normally use. The principles and methods for preventing fires and protecting ourselves apply both in our everyday lives and emergency situations.

Asphyxiation, or lack of oxygen, causes most fatalities in fires…

The most important pieces of fire equipment for protecting the people in the house are the smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors. The people in the house must rely almost entirely on the detectors while they sleep. As stated earlier in this article, the lack of oxygen kills or incapacitates most victims in their sleep and they die in their beds with no chance to escape.

The most disturbing information about the common smoke detectors in most homes is that they do not work in a timely fashion in many actual fires. The documentation that accompanies most ionizing smoke detectors indicate that they will not work in up to 35% of all fires. There is also a substantial amount of information enumerating the situations and types of fires where the detectors would not be expected to work that seem designed to limit the amount of liability for the manufacturers…

The images we see on television and in the movies with bright flames of a house on fire with people moving around inside the house and trying to rescue someone are very misleading. Most actual house fires create an environment with thick smoke so that you cannot see anything and acrid and toxic smoke, where an individual cannot maintain consciousness for more than a few seconds. We need to prepare to survive by minimizing the risk of a fire starting with installing the appropriate alarm equipment in place to ensure that we can escape during the early stages while it is possible.

Click here to read the article in its entirety at TACDA.