Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

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HEAT has been through many reincarnations over the years…

Background - Originally developed for contractors going overseas to back-fill military jobs immediately post-conflict, the origins of HET lay with a little known course and training scheme originally titled 'CONDO'. It was written for CONtractor Deployed Operations hence the 'CONDO' tag and was written with Force Protection (FP) in mind. Force Protection was the term coined by NATO to cover all defensive measures to counter threats to health, safety, welfare and anything that would hamper operations.

Force Protection is what keeps people safe: Everything from Health and Hygiene to Air Raid precautions, Post Attack Recovery procedures and dealing with unexploded ordnance such as mortar bombs that fail to detonate, it all comes under the banner of Force Protection. This is a speciality in which the RAF Regiment excels and we mention that because Conrad spent may years as a Force Protection advisor in several conflict zones.

You may well find the following being advertised and are probably a straight lift from the original material:

HET - Hostile Environment Training
HEAT - Hostile Environment Awareness training
HEFAT - Hostile Environment First Aid Training

Most of those courses deal with the
High Threat hostile environments and concern themselves with avoidance of difficulties and when encountered how to extract from them. They generally take no account of the climatic situation or indeed the need to perhaps continue to operate in that environment.

That brings us to our own blend we refer to as
HERST - Hostile Environments Resilience & Survivability Training

Hostile Environments RESILIENCE & Survivability Training

The biggest risks to travellers without a doubt is road traffic collisions and a lack of hygiene in food preparations. However, there are many other risks, which although less likely still carry a significant level of risk and require serious contemplation. We should understand the following terms and exactly what they mean:

  • Hazard - Something with the POTENTIAL to cause harm.
  • Likelihood - How likely is it that the hazard will be realised and actually cause harm?
  • Severity - How bad would the outcome be if the hazard is realised?
  • Risk is therefore quantified as the calculation of how likely and how bad the outcome is probably going to be, if the hazard is realised.

By being able to adequately assess the Risk we can make a sensible determination as to what is likely to happen and how bad the outcome will be; therefore focusing on pre-emptive actions to safeguard our wellbeing, the integrity of our staff as an asset and above all ensure that we adhere to legislation. Giving our staff, company and clients the resilience to continue to function when things go wrong by taking the right Risk mitigation beforehand.

Does This Meet Your Needs? - A Suitable and Sufficient Assessment of Risk

NGO, Press and security managers with responsibility for team members traveling abroad are under scrutiny and without the correct training are inviting prosecution in the event of something going wrong. It is surprising how many people are unable to effectively write a proper Risk Assessment.

Course Content

  • First Aid - Immediate Casualty Care, Under Extreme Circumstances
  • Navigation in Mobile Settings
  • Target indications
  • Situation Awareness - Red Flags - Combat indicators
  • IED Awareness
  • Mine Awareness
  • Road Driving - Automatic, Manual, LHD & RHD
  • Off Road Driving
  • Actions to take in Many Threat Situations
  • Introduction to SERE
  • Non verbal Communications and Reading People's Intent
  • Intelligence Gathering Techniques - Open Source
  • What to Look For - Danger Cues
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Decision Making

"I have been on a number of training courses run by Conrad and I always find them to be highly informative, practical and clearly developed from real world experience. A lot of his training and techniques are now habit for me when I am working overseas. I would recommend Conrad and Urban SERE if you require training in subjects such as hostile environments, emergency medicine, or urban survival". Mr Graham Hand IT Consultant Managing Director, New Grange Developments Ltd

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"When we began the table-top exercise I had reservations. However, that was an excellent training workshop that tested me to the limit and has altered my perception to how well classroom based learning can be utilised…" Polish NGO Security Manager (Name Witheld)

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