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  • A little blatant, you might say. This is good to show those who think the possibility of using such

    actors in Boston is unthinkable. If you notice how long the smoke lingers over the blast scene in the

    previous video post Boston Bombing Did You Notice This? youll see theres plenty of cover to set

    the stage as they were trained to do. Zen

    Amputees in Action bringing dramatic realism to

    army exercises

    Amputees in Action has won a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to help provide realism to

    military training. Berenice Baker talks to managing director John Pickup, himself an amputee actor,

    about how this innovative company is helping to prepare medics and soldiers for the worst possible

    battlefield injury scenarios.

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  • In June 2012, Amputees in Action, an agency for amputee actors, was appointed by international

    service company Serco Group as one of two training subcontractors to help deliver a major

    contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence.

    Under the Contemporary Operating Environment Force (COEFOR) contract, Amputees in Action

    will provide their own unique brand of raw, blood and guts realism to help support the British Army

    in their preparations for operations, such as those in Afghanistan.

    Here, Berenice Baker asks John Pickup about the agencys involvement in military training

    exercises and what the future holds for the innovative company.

    Berenice Baker: What is the background of Amputees in Action?

    We set up the company in 2004 primarily to provide a one-stop shop for the industry. In 2005 we

    got invited to work with the military playing roles in training exercises.

    John Pickup: We came out of the film and TV industry portraying injured soldiers in productions

    such Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.

    Some fellow actors [and I] quickly realised that there was a niche market for amputees outside of

    the major agencies, so we could specialise.

    We set up the company in 2004 primarily to provide a one-stop shop for the industry. In 2005 we

    got invited to work with the military playing roles in training exercises.

    With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the crews needed help to do the training [and] its grown

    from there. Weve now got nearly 300 actors on our books, plus, SFX (special effects) personnel

    for the role-playing side.

    BB: Are many of your amputee employees ex service personnel?

    JP: There is a healthy mix of military and civilian people on our books, but weve got a bigger

    proportion from normal civilian walks of life, who have lost limbs through industrial accidents and

    medical causes such as cancer and diabetes.

  • BB: Are the military contracts fairly regular?

    JP: We work quite a lot with the military, taking part in about five different exercises a year, with

    some of them spanning a ten-week period, which is quite a big timeframe.

    Weve also been working hard on the corporate sector, such as dangerous places like oil rigs that

    need emergency training.

    As not all our actors are ex-military, we have to train them in military protocols and maintain

    secrecy; weve got about 80 guys trained up at the moment and were in the process of more

    training.

    When you get thrown into the military arena, no-one tells you that there are men running around

    with rifles and there are tanks and helicopters, so it can be quite a dangerous place if you dont

    know whats going on around you and youre not made aware of all the health and safety issues.

    Theres also an aspect of being trained to react appropriately to the medical treatment thats being

    administered, whether correctly or incorrectly, and medical protocols they have to follow.

    BB: Can you paint a picture of the sort of scenario you might detect during a military

    exercise?

    JP: The one most people will recognise from some of the TV documentaries is a foot patrol leaving

    a compound and then they come under fire or one of the party steps on a mine.

    [One of them] gets blown up and the troops then have to deal with the situation. They could be an

    hour or twos walk from the compound and theyve then got an injured soldier or civilian theyve got

    to deal with, treat in the field and then evacuate to a safe point or extract to a main hospital.

    We pick the worst possible scenario that could happen to somebody so when these kinds of

    accidents happen for real, they should be able to deal with it very easily.

    BB: What special effects do you provide?

  • JP: What we do in the role-playing industry is slightly different to what they do in the film and TV

    industry. The medics will have to interact with the fake amputated limb. The mechanisms of the

    injury are different from how it works on film and the make-up looks completely different.

    There are also more time constraints during an exercise than on a film set. Though its very

    realistic, we dont make it so horrific the medics run away; we give them training as close to the

    real thing as possible to help them save lives.

    BB: Are you looking to expand over the next five years or so?

    When you get thrown into the military arena, no-one tells you that there are men running around

    with rifles and there are tanks and helicopters.

    JP: Weve already got a presence in Europe and were looking to move into Europe and worldwide,

    though obviously were struggling with the economic climate which is a bit jittery. Its a three-

    pronged approach targeting films, emergency services and the military.

    Weve also been working hard on the corporate sector, such as dangerous places like oil rigs that

    need emergency training, and that may grow into other things. Though everyone wants to do it on

    the cheap at the moment.

    We are the premier amputee agency growing and expanding into new areas; were always looking

    for new business and new opportunities. Working with Serco, who are a top 100 company, has

    presented us with some new opportunities th