C.6 Hostile Environment Awareness Training
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.
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.
– 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.