December 11, 2018
On the weekend of October 26th, I participated in Veritac Global Training’s Dismounted Small Teams Operation (DSTO) course.
Veritac is a Canadian company based out of British Columbia with operations in Latin America, East, and West Africa. They provide services related to the high-risk protection industry in both austere and non-permissive environments. The company also provides expert services in due diligence & investigations, executive protection (EP), tactical medicine, logistics, training & mentoring, risk management, kidnap & ransom (K&R) response, and human trafficking recovery. They also provide specialty training in close protection, tactical firearms operation and tactical medicine to government organizations such as law enforcement, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), as well as the private sector.
The company’s training cadre are subject matter experts and, although many are former Canadian Armed Forces, including JTF2, they do draw from other sectors such as specialized policing and the private security industry. All of Veritac’s trainers are actively involved in the close protection, risk consultancy, and tactical medicine industry.
As a long time firearms instructor myself, I have taken many training courses over the years from a variety of instructors ranging from basic to advanced training. What piqued my interest in this particular course was that it was more than just a shooting course: the session heavily focussed on the close protection element which meant working in a team, tactical medicine, disengaging, and movement skills combined with live fire. I have been interested in learning and practicing tactical first aid in a realistic context, rather than just learning online, and this course provided an excellent opportunity to do that!