It’s got to be said that Steevi Ware is an uncommon kind of guy. I first met him in 2014 when I went to interview him in Cala D’Or about the practice of “Prepping” (to be prepared in the eventuality of a crisis, or disaster, natural, manmade or other). I was amazed at his thoughtfulness and imagination. Last year he organised a free interesting and helpful course covering what to do when you are in trouble on a mountain, and this year he has designed a course dealing with techniques in how to cope and survive a hostage or terrorism situation. I met up with him recently to find out more.
VICKI MCLEOD: What’s inspired you to do this?
STEEVI WARE: Following what’s happened in Sydney, Paris, well all over the world really, I wanted to give people some reassurance and techniques. I’ve heard of people who aren’t going on holiday because they feel frightened of being involved in a terrorist attack. And that means the terrorists are winning. Terror will never go away. As they kill a few people they terrify millions. I’m not taking away that it’s a credible threat, but I want to try to help people to feel more capable and prepared.
VMC: So what’s going to be in the course?
SW: Firstly, I should say, I’m not an expert in this. I have zero credentials. I have never been kidnapped, aside from being made to go on shopping trips with my wife. I AM an expert in prepping and survival. Prepping puts everything into perspective, when you have a plan in place you feel more prepared for life. We’re going to cover things like escaping techniques: how to get out of handcuffs, cable tie wraps. duck tape. At the end of the day we all will have the same goal in mind, which is to survive what would be an awful situation. We will learn to decipher the difference between a terrorist incident and a hostage situation, how to react and what to do in a terrorist or active shooter incident, learn practical tactics on how to survive when cornered, self defence, and first aid for the wounded.
VMC: Do you think that it might get a frightening for the course attendants?
SW: If I do see someone struggling, or I notice any signs of trauma then of course I will make sure that person is okay. The course is 80% theory and 20% practice. The fact is that it’s better to have the knowledge and not need it, than need it and not know it. Like most things you would still need to practise everything on a regular basis to allow it to become second nature, as during a true survival situation the stress can account for a loss of around 50% of mental capability. Statistically speaking the chances of being involved in an car accident are 1 in 18,500 and being involved in a terrorist incident are 1 in 9,300,000 (9.3 million), and of being onboard a plane in a terrorist attack is in 1 in 25million.
VM: What do you want people to get out of the course?
SW: I want them to relinquish the fear. Everyone HAS fear, but I want them to feel confident that they would have the courage and knowledge to get out safe if the worst were to happen.
VMC: And these days you are now a member of the Proteccion Civil fulfilling the role of “Emergency First Responder”. That’s voluntary?
SW: Yes, 100% it’s a voluntary role. I did the course, and now I am able to respond to emergency calls at hotels for example. I was out several times last summer when people were in trouble. Often it is someone who has had a cardiac arrest in their hotel on holiday. We were at the 112 command centre in Marratxi recently and that was really interesting. They are very well prepared over there. They have a translation service so if you call and you can’t speak Spanish they are able to understand you very quickly.
VM: Yes, I had a reason to call them once and as I was on the phone all of my Spanish just left me, but they were amazing and spoke to me in English. How would a reader go about becoming an Emergency First Responder if they wanted to?
SW: You need to contact your local council and ask about courses. The one in Cala D’Or only comes out now and again. You need a basic level of Spanish to understand the course. But it’s preventative work as well: we go to cycle races, public events.
VM: Why do you do all these good things you do?
SW: It’s my way of giving back to the community and to the island which has given me so much. I met my beautiful wife here, I have my children, and my business, this island has given me so many opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have had.
There are only three places left on the “Terrorist and Hostage Survival Course” which will be held on March 13th in Cala D’Or, so if you wish to attend contact him asap on 679644909. Thanks to the team at the Adventure Rooms in Can Valero for the use of the jail for the photo!