HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) is essential for employees operating in hazardous areas. It is delivered to staff of companies and institutions who have to operate in areas where security is degraded. This hostile environment awareness training helps to understand and mitigate the risks associated with international mobility. Protect your team effectively with our security expertise!

About the training

HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) is a 3-4-day residential course designed for aid workers and journalists whose work takes them into difficult, remote or hostile areas. In areas of poor governance, conflict, natural disasters and war, work can be a risky business. Violent assaults, robberies, ambushes and kidnappings against aid workers and journalists are real dangers. Humanitarian organizations, news agencies and freelance journalists need to take proactive steps to ensure that deployable personnel are sufficiently trained and prepared to work in high-risk, dangerous environments.

Main objectives

Participants will learn to recognize, analyze and avoid risks; if the worst happens. The aim is for them to learn to react in such a way as to maximize their probability of survival.

Who is this training for?

HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) is designed for all professionals working in sensitive areas and facing high-risk situations. Employees who are expatriates or seconded to high-risk countries, business travelers, as well as civil servants or diplomats deployed to a theater of external operations, are invited to take HEAT training before their departure on mission. It is advisable to take this course whenever the security situation deteriorates significantly.


SAHCO works with expert trainers, practitioners with extensive field experience who give participants the confidence and skills they need. Methodology/trainers:

SAHCO works with expert trainers, practitioners with extensive field experience who give participants the confidence and skills they need.

The course methods combine theory and practice. They are based on role-playing, realistic simulations and a continuous scenario that will keep you immersed in the scenario for four days. You'll be part of a team assessing a crisis situation in a foreign country. The scenario begins as soon as you arrive at the course location. You'll be confronted with ethical dilemmas, hostile situations and the constant pressures of insecurity.

Two different formats are possible for this training depending on the nature of the client's structure: humanitarian organization or news agency. The teaching context for humanitarian staff will be linked to an actual humanitarian crisis, and for journalists to a war zone or natural disaster...

What will you learn with HEAT training?

Inclusive risk management

  • Safety and security fundamentals
  • Understanding your role as an individual and as part of a team
  • Key principles of the safety management framework: contextual analysis and stakeholder mapping
  • The role of different safety strategies, including acceptance, protection and deterrence.

Personal preparation

  • Analysis, anticipation and mitigation of safety and security risks.
  • Stress management and development of psychological resilience
  • Image and perception of third parties
  • Access negotiation basics
  • Conflict management, aggression and hostility
  • Ammunition, weapons and explosives in the field
  • Managing ambushes, roadblocks, mines and other threats on the move
  • How to use convoys and avoidance tactics in the event of a critical incident
  • Preparing for critical incident management
  • Effective communication during a critical incident

First aid in remote areas

Confidence in the provision of lifesaving first aid with the necessary equipment or with on-board resources, the performance of effective primary and secondary assessment and the stabilization of bleeding, fractures, burns and other injuries can help to reduce the rate of mortality and serious injury in any setting.

  • Intro DR(C) ABC (BLS optional)
  • Bleeding control
  • Unconscious victims, fractures and burns
  • Road accidents and first aid
  • Non-traumatic medical emergencies
  • Mass casualty management

Preventing the risk of abduction, survival behaviors in the event of abduction

Staff will know exactly what to do if abduction is an immediate threat - and what to do if they are abducted:

  • Indicators to anticipate kidnapping and abduction and mitigate risks
  • How to survive in captivity

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Follow theoretical and practical course modules enriched by current feedback from the field.

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