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Hostile Environment Awareness (HEAT) Training

When deploying personnel overseas into potentially hostile and unfamiliar environments it is essential they receive the right training to prepare them for the risks they may face. Not only is this morally the right thing to do it is also helps to satisfy employers health and safety responsibilities.

What our HEAT Course Entails

Our HEAT training is delivered by experienced trainers drawn from the UK military, Special Forces and other government agencies. The courses are suitable for personnel from all sectors including oil and gas, construction, financial services, Non-government (NGO’s) and humanitarian organisations, agriculture, transportation and manufacturing.

What is HEAT Training?

HEAT (Hostile environment and awareness training) is a course that is designed for individuals who’s work takes them to remote, challenging or hostile regions of the world. Many areas of the world have unstable governments, conflicts, natural disasters and war all of which can make performing work duties a challenge. HEAT training teaches people to identify assess and avoid risks in these kinds of areas.

  • Risk assessments – Understanding the risks associated with the destination prior to travel
  • Pre-deployment briefings – Ensuring all personnel and fully briefed regarding the destination, its risks and contingency plans prior to deployment
  • Contingency planning - Once the risks are known effective contingency plans can be prepared to deal with any issues that may arise
  • Security awareness – A good understanding of the measures that can be taken to mitigate risks and reduce the likelihood and problems arising. This includes counter espionage and crime prevention measures
  • Situational awareness – Learning to routinely understand the environment and assess the risks
  • Travel safety including arrival and use of local transport – Putting into practice the pre-deployment briefing, and the security and situational awareness principles to reduce the likelihood of any problems occurring
  • Travelling under the radar – The principle of becoming the “grey person” to lower the likelihood of drawing attention of the authorities
  • Accommodation selection – Choosing the best place to stay which is in a suitable area. This should be part of the pre-deployment planning
  • Dealing with checkpoints – Having a well thought out cover story to minimise the interest of the authorities
  • Counter surveillance – The knowledge and skills to detect and counter surveillance
  • Conflict management – The knowledge and skills to manage and defuse conflict
  • Riots and civil disturbance – Avoiding and protection against planned or sudden incidents of civil unrest
  • Crime reduction advice – Reducing the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime by deploying simple and routine crime reduction behaviours
  • Defensive driving – The skills to asses and deal with road risks and stay clear of danger

If you are interested in participating in one of our Hostile Environment Awareness Courses then get in touch with us for more details. You can email us on or get in touch via the contact form on our latest workshop page.

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