What is HEAT?

Kidnappings. Bombings. Violent crime. On the frontlines, aid workers and other expats face many dangers. To protect themselves and the people they serve, they must be able to navigate difficult circumstances.


Presentations and regular training does not cut it , they don’t store these types of skills in the part of the brain that is active during high-stress events. Hostile Environment Awareness training (HEAT) is a form of high fidelity stress exposure training that combines theory with high-stress and highly realistic simulation training. This is a well-researched concept in the field of psychology that is commonly used to train people working in high stress environments, like airline pilots and first responders.


HEAT course follows this training methodology.


HEAT course provides participants with the required know-how and skills to deal with real time threats. The four-day course offers a mix of advanced theoretical and practical sessions of simulated exercises.


By the end, participants have a firm grasp of managing:


  • Basic first aid and psychological first aid
  • Personal safety and security
  • Safety and security mindset
  • Communications equipment
  • Capture and captivity
  • Behaviour under fire
  • Threats in the field
  • Fire safety
  • Basic negotiations skills
  • Understanding how to build individual situational awareness in high risk environments
  • Unexploded ordnance (UXO) and improvised explosive devices (IED) threats
  • Please note: participants must have an excellent command of the English language.

As the risks increase, so does the need for safety.


Our teams on the ground must have the savvy they need to access, remain, and deliver assistance in conflict zones. Our HEAT training is an effective way to ensure that they know how to cope with traumas in dangerous areas.