Hostile Environment Awareness (HEAT)

Location Erbil

Fee 450


Sunday, 28 April 2024


Thursday, 2 May 2024

Course overview

Our Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) course is designed for those working in the world's most challenging environments, whether you work for a media outlet, NGO, charity or the hostile security sector - our dynamic, fully loaded course will give you the knowledge to survive against the odds.

The five-day course offers a mix of advanced theoretical and practical sessions of simulated exercises. The training is gradual: starting with theory, it then moves to guided exercises to make participants comfortable with each concept. The intensity levels increase each day so that participants can practise their new skills under more realistic conditions

By the end, participants have a firm grasp of managing:

  • Advanced First Aid

  • Personal safety and security

  • Safety and security mindset

  • Communications equipment

  • Capture and captivity

  • Behaviour under fire

  • Threats in the field

  • Basic negotiations skills

  • Understanding how to build individual situational awareness in high risk environments

  • Unexploded ordnance (UXO) and improvised explosive devices (IED) threats

Course content

Module I – Advanced Medical training

  • First Aid & life support in difficult field environments.

Module II – Personnel deployed to hostile environments

  • Awareness of threats, associated risks and personal security.

  • Risk management process.

  • Travel security, security procedures for vehicle travel, accommodation security

  • Management of threats related to gatherings, protests, demonstrations, riots and civil unrest.

  • Conflict management.

  • Weapons, mines, improvised explosive devices (IED’s)

  • Kidnapping, hostage taking and hostage survival.

​Module III- Situational training exercise

  • Hostage survival.

  • Team under attack.

Module IV – Orientation and communications.

  • Map reading and GPS Navigation.

  • Means of communications and communication procedures.

Module V - Field training exercise.

Training Methodology

Participants receive a mix of presentations and lectures plus simulated exercises to help give them a better understanding of the security principles involved with staying safe in hostile environments.

Training materials:
  • Accredited by Highfield

Who should attend?

Staff working and/or travelling in medium and high-risk areas.

Further information
  • Language: English/Arabic

  • Duration: 5 days (09:30 – 16:00 pm)

  • Cost: $450

  • Location: Erbil

  • Lunch & Refreshment included


Must be made 7 working days before the start of the course. Payment can be made in cash, by bank transfer or through exchange offices.

How do I register?

You can register by emailing with the following details:

  • Full Name:

  • City/Town:

  • Email Address:

  • Phone number:

  • Name of the course: