• Resources for Hostile Environment Training in the UK and Internationally.


Resources
HET: Hostile Environment Training
HEAT: Hostile Environment Awareness Training
HEFAT: Hostile Environment and Emergency First Aid Training

No matter what the acronym, these seminars cover the basics of badass: emergency first aid, weapons 101, safety and risk assessment.

It can get personal, with region-specific tutorials addressing conflict management, ways to prevent being kidnapped and how to handle things if the worst happens.

It isn’t cheap. Expect to shell out around £2,000 with accommodation.

The Rory Peck Trust, established in memory of a freelance cameraman killed in Moscow in 1993, offers both monetary and in-kind resources to freelancers for security training.
https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-assistance/Rory-Peck-Training-Fund

Once you’ve been schooled, you need gear. Reporters Without Borders offers free, basic first-aid kits and two-month loans of body armor, helmets, and personal distress beacons.
http://en.rsf.org/safety-resources-for-journalists-10-03-2011,39739.html


AKE Group - UK
www.akegroup.com
+44 1432 267111
Days: 5-day course; 3-day refresher
Certificates: 4 BTEC in Surviving Hostile Regions (SHR); Edexcel accreditation
FYI: Courses offered in the UK, US, and Canada
More info

Centurion RAS Ltd - UK
www.centurionsafety.net
+44 1637 873661
Days: 4-day course; 2-day refresher
Certificate: HEFAT
FYI: Centurion recently held training courses in Ukraine


PGI Training - UK
pgitraining.com/training/security-and-risk-management/heat/
+44 1884 849460
Days: 2, 4, and 6-day courses, depending on threat level
Certificate: HEAT
FYI: Lots of medical add-ons. Unless on a diet, skip the medical video before lunch.

Tundra Group - Canada, UK, Sri Lanka
www.tundragroup.ca/heat-freelancers
+1 519 473 6434
Days: 3-day course
Certificate: HEAT
FYI: some grants available for freelance journalists


TYR Solutions – UK, USA, Turkey
www.tyr-solutions.com
+44 20 3239 5257
Days: 4
Certificates: HET; emergency first aid certificate; automated external defibrillator (AED) qualification
FYI: free Trauma Pack upon course completion, optional 4x4 training