There may be no situation more stressful than the one with the potential to require the use of lethal force. Assessments, decisions, and subsequent actions must be immediate. Time to think becomes an unaffordable luxury. The imminent threat of potential loss of life creates an inhuman level of stress. Within one second the heart can race to over two hundred beats-per-minute causing cognition, motor skills and sensory processing to plummet.
Mistakes here could destroy lives and damage the hard-earned reputation of your organization. The more confident the soldier or law enforcement officer is in their respective tasks, the more likely, timely decisions and proportional actions will be made in the pressure of a decisive moment. However, unless our military and law enforcement commanders and operators are trained to plan for such stress, unless they are prepared, unless they are confident in their potential for success, they will never be as effective as they must be. They must be ready for anything.
It is our duty and honour to help provide Canada’s protectors with the training they require and deserve to succeed in these extreme conditions. All training is not created equal.
Accidents in training must be guarded against with the same diligence as they are in the work environment. A constant concern for safety is woven into every aspect of our programs. This mentality resides deeply in all our instructors who know first-hand that safety isn’t only practiced on the range. Safety starts a with persistent desire to avoid unnecessary accidents which can cause personal harm and significantly damage the hard-earned reputation of an agency. At Millbrook, we consider safety an integral tool to help improve the confidence, knowledge and skills of those we train.
Our primary value is to train our military and law enforcement clients to be psychologically and physically prepared for intensely stressful situations, so they will be safer and more successful. Weapons, gear, firearms, tactics, threat assessment skills and operational planning are only advantages when employed by a confident individual. Building stress-tested confidence, that intangible belief in yourself and your abilities regardless of circumstances, is the core of our approach to training and the greatest difference between Millbrook and others. Not all training is created equal.
Too often time spent in traditional training programs is a function of routine. We elevate training and preparedness to recognize the critical importance of validating everything. Nothing is taken for granted just because it was done before, from commander’s planning through front-line actions. In a split second, inappropriate actions due to lack of confidence and skill can initiate an irreversible path for the individuals and organizations affected. The resources spent on proper preparation are negligible compared to the impact and cost of diminished public and personal confidence. Millbrook can’t change life-and-death situations, but it can prepare soldiers and law enforcement officers for them. As a result, your organization safeguards and insulates its reputation.
The instructors at Millbrook Academy Inc. are unequivocally the best training-development consultants, firearms and tactics instructors in Canada. Our word class expertise finds its roots in the Canadian Special Operations community, we are committed to serving our clients with the same dedication we served our country for so many years as SOF soldiers.
Francois "Frank" Paquette
CEO & Master Instructor
Frank has been a pioneer in the Canadian operational training environment for decades. Former CANSOFCOM operator, SME of firearms program and Tactics Instructor, he led efforts to design and implement world class special operations training programs. Since founding the company in 2008, he has been directly involved in designing and conducting many national, provincial and municipal firearms and tactics programs.
Program Manager Shooting & Tactics
Josh has been a SME in the Canadian operational training environment for decades. Former CANSOFCOM operator, SME of firearms programs and Tactics Instructor, he led efforts to design and implement world class special operations training programs. Since his retirement from the military in 2011, he has been directly involved in designing and conducting many national, provincial and municipal firearms and tactics programs.
Program Manager Operational Planning & Leadership
JF has gained his world class experience in this field of expertise while serving as a senior operational leader with CANSOFCOM. His wealth of knowledge in everything "Operational Planning & Leadership" is without a shadow of a doubt, the most extensive & relevant in Canada. The programs he leads have and will make a difference for decades to come.
Program Manager Critical Incident Captivity Avoidance Survival Training
Jody is a world class expert in everything CICAST related. His wealth of knowledge in this subject matter is equal to none in Canada. He is a former CANSOFCOM operator, Conduct after Capture Training Expert and trained hostage negotiation & recovery professional. He is the indisputable Canadian authority in this field of training having trained thousands of people deploying to dangerous operating environments.
Program Manager Electro-Optics
Allan is indisputably the most accomplished electro-optics program subject matter expert in the country. He has served as an electro-optics technician & Program Manager for CANSOFCOM and DND for decades. He leads our electro-optics programs and is a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise. He leads our technical training and Night Fighter Training programs.
The decision to execute a tactical option has uncommon gravity. The deployment of such force demands extraordinary standards, an execution that is precise and controlled, planning and briefing that is thoughtful and detailed. The corporate knowledge and know-how of our experienced staff is unsurpassed in these disciplines. Millbrook Academy Inc. can either help to establish tactical capabilities for your entire organization, or help hone the skills of your more experienced personnel. When your organization views its tactical capabilities as a significant asset, it becomes a tremendous and an additional source of greater organizational confidence.
Some of our tactical programs:
Millbrook Academy Inc. firearms training is customized for each Client to accommodate his or her unique needs. From entry-level through to advanced skills, we develop programs to achieve the training objectives of the individual, not the class. We consider ourselves successful when all our trainees leave Millbrook improved for the time and effort.
Realistic firearms training is, in our opinion, not only the skills foundation for a soldier or law enforcement officer – it’s the linchpin for tactical training excellence. Committing to world-class relevant training promotes a spirit of constant improvement that enhances your organization’s entire culture. The bar is raised, and the “good enough” attitude starts to disappear. Perhaps some think their traditional institutionalized firearm training is good enough. We’ve never had a problem before, so why change? Perhaps there are other reasons. At Millbrook Academy Inc. our firearms training programs are based on the lessons learned from our instructors’ experiences. Theory has no place in our program unless it has been validated in the field. We know what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t.
Firearms training is the backbone of the skill-set we provide. Weapon confidence is the most relatable advantage any soldier or law enforcement officer can have and the best way to avoid excessive lethal force issues. Weapon confidence saves lives.
Some of our firearm programs:
Driving incidents can cost an organization dramatically in morale, reputation and ultimately lives. Operating vehicles safely and with the greatest chance of success in tactical situations, either domestically or abroad, is a skill which must be learned. Success behind the wheel doesn’t come from a driver’s license. Millbrook Academy Inc. driving programs create a significant advantage for those who operate vehicles in emergency situations, those employed in protection operations, or those who may use a vehicle in hostile regions around the world.
The tracks that we use are specifically designed with tactical driving in mind. Their designs will challenge you and your team on various traction environments such as paved, gravel, and off-road surfaces to enhance operational driving skills. All our programs are based on detailed analysis of actual attacks and pursuits worldwide. Every student who undergoes driver training with Millbrook Academy Inc. will improve their confidence and competence behind the wheel, regardless of their situation in which they find themselves.
Some of our driving programs:
Deploying personnel in dangerous operating environments is a monumental task. Such deployments require extraordinary security standards, appropriate duty of care, an execution that is precise and controlled, planning and briefing that is thoughtful and detailed. The corporate knowledge and know-how of our subject matter experts is unsurpassed in this discipline. Millbrook Academy Inc. can either help to train & establish security capabilities for your entire organization, or help hone the skills of your personnel deploying. When your organization views its tactical capabilities as a significant asset, it becomes a tremendous and an additional source of greater organizational confidence.
Some of our CICAST programs:
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