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Coeur d'Alene company gets major contract from huge security firm Print
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 Jeff Humphrey / KXLY4 Reporter - April 19th, 2007

COEUR D'ALENE -- A Coeur d'Alene company has signed a contract to make training videos for law enforcement and military personnel around the world.

For 10 years, the Backup Training Corporation has been teaching cops the latest law enforcement techniques on interactive CDs. Now, Blackwater U.S.A., a private security firm that trains American soldiers, needs the Coeur d'Alene company's help with their digital lessons.

Long before the Virginia Tech massacre, Backup Training was teaching police officers how to find and isolate an active shooter.

a“Well, you're gonna see different situations on how to clear a hallway, how to go in an rescue somebody, how to put together a rescue team and how they should move through a building,” says Backup's Rick Gallia, talking about what his company has on their CDs.

The Backup training CDs, offered at no cost to 3,500 police departments across the country, caught the attention of Blackwater U.S.A. Blackwater is a huge security firm, with one of its best customers being the Defense Department. Blackwater has paid millions of dollars to train sailors and soldiers, and now wants Backup to handle its online learning.

“Whether it be on their domestic contract for law enforcement, whether it be on their international contracts, their security contracts, everything they're going to do digital, the Backup's going to provide for them,” Gallia says.

In its first project, Backup will produce a training video Blackwater hopes to offer to the U.S. Navy. A main element is boarding suspicious ships at sea.

Despite Blackwater's reputation for profiting greatly from the war in Iraq, officials from Backup hope “their” lessons will help save American lives.

“We're proud to have been involved in law enforcement for the past several years, and make an impact on that community,” Gallia says. “Now we have a chance to do it on a much larger scale.”

Blackwater is a billion-dollar corporation, listed as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the nation. Now that it is working with Backup, it's likely people will see more of Blackwater's presence and payroll in North Idaho.

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