Crisis Training

Turning the Tables on the Kidnappers

Next time it could be for real.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    More and more parts of the world are being classified as high-risk. But strong growth and business opportunities in such regions mean more and more expat workers are needed there.

  • Facts


    • Africa has become one of the highest-risk regions, overtaking Latin America.
    • In Africa alone, more than 80 Germans have been kidnapped – and freed – since 2002.
    • Firms such as Results Group train employees from engineers to traders on safety in hostile situations.
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Stefan Seidl zippers his black jacket tightly against the cold in the underground car park. Behind him, the heavy door to the staircase closes. Just 10 meters to the silver Mercedes. Mr. Siedl and his colleague approach it carefully. No signs of danger.

Mr. Seidl sits in the passenger seat, his colleague at the wheel. Suddenly, they notice a shadow on the backseat – but it’s too late. A man points a gun at Mr. Seidl.

Seconds later, the shadowy figure jumps out of the car, laughing. What looked like a kidnapping is actually part of a training course organized for employees by ILF Consulting Engineers, based in Germany and Austria. Fifteen of their staff have learned how to spot dangerous situations more quickly and how to react when things get dicey.

ILF employs 1,900 people worldwide, and many of the positions are in dangerous regions. The engineers support pipeline construction in South Sudan and plan massive cable railroads like the Lagos Cable Car in Nigeria, a country where Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is active.

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