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Highfield SMAT H.E.A.T. – Hostile Environment Awareness Training

Course Description

The aim of the HEAT Course is to deliver predeployment training to personnel (ex. from Public Entities, as well as Governmental, non-Governmental Organizations and the Military) selected to be deployed on low/medium/high risk missions or recently deployed on such missions in complex or hostile environments. These international missions can last normally from one week up to two years.

All staff should have completed a general introductory course in crisis management operations (eBASE and eSAFE, for example) or have acquired relevant experience in international field operations.

This specialist and essential training is also available to civilians aiming to acquire a proactive approach to risk assessment with travel safety and security in mind, while travelling for working or liesure within unstable or complex Countries.


Course Goals

  • Improve participants’ knowledge of the multiple threats present in hostile environments on the ground and how to manage them effectively.
  • Become familiar with basic first aid procedures.
  • To be able to communicate (simple radio and satellite systems) and to orient yourself in the field.
  • Become familiar with the threats of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) and other explosive devices.
  • Practice and rehearse security procedures adapted to specific needs Threats and situations.
  • Recognize and be able to avoid certain potentially dangerous situations.
  • Learn to manage stress (your own and that of team members) and to cope effectively in dangerous situations

Course Content

Personal safety awareness

This module will increase security situational awareness with respect to potential risks and dangers, including risk identification and escalation, situation logistics and risk management,  Behaviors in risk / danger situation.

Topics to be covered

• Environmental safety awareness
• Awareness of kidnapping situations
• Residential / hotel security
• Transport security (including auto theft) – Friendly and hostile checkpoints
• Ambushes and Hostile Crowd Situations – Women’s Security Issues

First aid

This module will be structured around theoretical and practical exercises. The module will focus on the main treatment (including, where applicable, the recognition of symptoms) of the following:

• Shock / hypo
• Anaphylaxis
• Cardiac disorders (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
• Heat and cold injuries.
• Introduction to treatments in the event of chemical, nuclear and biological
threats. (CNBR)

The trainers in this section have extensive experience in Advanced Life Support, emergency management and BLS/AED & first aid: Flight Paramedic and Registered Nurse, BLS/AED & First Aid instructor. Trauma kits and medical mannequins will be used for this module. Each participant will use an IFAK.

Radio Communications

Topics to be covered:

• Use of radios
• Use of satellite phones, including live presentation with the most commonly deployed equipment (models treated with Thuraya and Iridum) and the Internet.
• Basic safety rules for communications.
• VHF radio equipment, satellite phones to be provided to participants (Turaya,

Topics to be covered:

• Use of modern technology (GPS, positioning systems)
• The basics of traditional navigation (map reading, compass) and the basics of
navigation without maps or other objects

IED, UXO, mines, weapons awareness.

Topics to be covered:

• Weapon recognition
• Situational behavior in the face of these different types of weapons
• We have the necessary equipment and ammunition to demonstrate the different types of weapons, IEDs, UXOs and mines

Hostage situations

Topics to be covered:

• Short- and long-term hostage-taking (adaptation and survival, practical and psychological methods)
• Mitigation measures to avoid hostage-taking
• Description of the different phases of the kidnapping (surveillance / attack /
capture / captivity / transfers / release / rescue / escape)
• Situation exercise
All participants should gain an understanding of the different phases and the tools
to help them survive each phase


Course Duration

The course run over 3 days.


Entry Criteria

There are no formal qualifications required to participate. Nevertheless, The entry is open to all learners that satisfy this minimum requirements:

  • A good command of English or French language either spoken, read and written.


Course Delivery

The course is a combination of classroom theory and practicals.


Course Assessment

Assessment takes the form of:

  • Skills demonstrations
  • Final/Summative, realistic, assessment operation


What is Included

Classroom/Practical course, luch during the course, transportation during the course day

Food and lodging is excluded, we can provide with a list of suggested accomodation


Course Languages

English, French, Italian (on some editions)


Course Location

Forte Mondascia, Biasca, Ticino, Swizterland. Internationally (tailored to Client’s needs)



Highfield International Level 3 in Hostile Environment Awareness Training

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