CISF to test firing skill of Delhi airport security personnel twice a month
At a time when airports are constantly on the radar of terrorists, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has overhauled the training module of personnel posted at airports.delhi Updated: Apr 25, 2017 12:14 IST
At a time when airports are constantly on the radar of terrorists, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has overhauled the training module of personnel posted at airports.
From testing their shooting skills twice every month by asking the personnel to fire while on the move to examining their physical fitness, the CISF want fitter and quicker personnel at airports.
Till now, the personnel had to undergo test for firing skills every six months.
“We are observing 2017 as a year of training. While all the personnel with CISF need to be fit and quick, our special focus is on airports. The frequency to test their firing skills has been revised and we will check how accurate and quick they are,” CISF’s director general OP Singh said.
The CISF will launch a tactical unit at the Hyderabad training academy on April 29 and personnel posted with the Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) at Delhi and other airports will be sent there for training.
“For physical fitness, the exercise routine will be changed to improve the reflexes. We will also make some changes in the uniform design to accommodate more arms and ammunition,” Singh said.
The CISF will also introduce fire and move and fire and cordon drills under which the commandos will be asked to fire on the move simulating emergency situations.
The CISF guards 59 airports in the country, and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been asking the force to start tactical deployment of the personnel to improve response time in case of a terror attack.
Delhi airport, which comes under the category of hyper-sensitive airports, is also witnessing changes and personnel have been asked not to be static while on duty.
“The focus of the change in training is to reorient tactical deployment of security personnel at the airport. Emphasis is being given on enhancing detection capabilities and improving response mechanism in case of a terror attack,” Singh said.
The airport has already directed different units, including QRTs and commandos, to keep moving to ensure security in every part of airport.
Singh, apart from revamping the aviation security, has taken other initiatives such as introduction of modern security gadgets, stakeholders involvement in aviation security and focus on inspirational leadership.
The CISF said that it is also focusing on profiling of suspicious passengers and taking help of experts from Israel.