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C.6 Hostile Environment Awareness Training

Course contents

HEAT – Hostile Environment Awareness Training

– for civilian personnel of authorities, humanitarian organizations and private companies –

 Safety training as crisis prevention

Civilian employees of government agencies, humanitarian organizations and private companies are increasingly exposed to difficult, insecure, remote or hostile environments characterized by lawlessness, political instability and armed conflict. Risk of assault, kidnapping, death and wounding from shelling or explosives are just a few of the many risks civilian workers may face in unstable areas.

Sponsors operating in crisis areas are increasingly being reminded of their duty of care by employees, their families, and governments, and in many cases are being held accountable. If, in the wake of an actual physical or psychological injury, it is felt that employees were not adequately prepared for their jobs, the insurance component comes into play, and the organization in question may face costly litigation and reputational damage. Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) is part of the duty of care strategy for personnel working in high to extreme risk environments. It addresses risk at the individual level by increasing an individual’s awareness and competence in recognizing and responding to security risks. In doing so, it simultaneously reduces corporate risks to the organization in question.

Training Objective

HEAT aims to provide the course participant with basic knowledge of the correct behavior in an extreme situation in their country of operation through theoretical instruction and practical exercises.

At the end of the course, the participant should be aware of possible dangers in his country of operation, assess risks and, through correct behavior, prevent damage to himself and his colleagues or at least be able to mitigate them.


The course participant is first taught basic theoretical knowledge in the form of lessons. In the next step, various threat scenarios are simulated in the context of table top exercises using makeshift equipment, then analyzed and solutions are worked out. Finally, the course participant runs through several scenarios under simulated operational conditions in the form of a practical exercise.

Course contents

– General and specific hazards and risks in the respective area of operation

– Situation assessment in the context of hazards and own profile in the area of operation

– Individual security vs. corporate security

– Hazard identification and response:

o Danger and effect of weapons and explosive ordnance o Mine and explosive ordnance awareness

Behavior during checks of persons and vehicles

o Behavior during kidnapping and hostage taking

o Recognition of and defense against spying attempts

– Organized movement and communication

o Creation and execution of motor vehicle convoys

o VHF communications and radio operating language

– Creation and execution of evacuations

– Medical first aid

– Stress management and coping

Course content may vary depending on the requirements of the country of operation.



Certificate of participation from the EOD Academy as a state-approved training facility in accordance with the Explosives Act.


Course duration The basic HEAT course is designed to last a full week, including weekends. It can be adapted to the customer's requirements and extended if necessary. Training institution and instructors We, the EOD Academy, are a division of EMC Kampfmittelbeseitigungs GmbH, a medium-sized, classic company in the field of explosive ordnance disposal in Bavaria, near Munich Airport. EMC Kampfmittelbeseitigungs GmbH offers the complete range of services in classical explosive ordnance disposal for the detection, recovery and removal of explosive ordnance. Together we see ourselves as service providers and always work in the interest of our customers. Professionalism, respect and reliability are the basis of our work. We develop our projects sustainably to ensure our high quality standards and to maintain long-term business relationships. Our trainers have military and international operational experience in crisis areas (e.g. Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine) and have specialized training and functions for this. They train national and international participants in German and English in courses including explosive ordnance disposal. Our virtual 360 degree view on our homepage at www.eod-



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