Safeguarding Duty of Care

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)


The Hostile Environment Awareness Training or HEAT is to create awareness of how to respond to scenarios likely to encounter while working in a hostile or hazardous environment. Contrary to the training “Security Awareness for Humanitarian Staff” has HEAT a large “field component,” where participants practice live what was taught in the classroom.  

Each course is interactive and requires a participatory approach. We combine theory with group work, audio-visual methods, exercises, and simulations.

Course Modules:
Essential First Aid – Context- and cultural awareness – Conflict and terrorism – Civil unrest – Residence Safety: Burglary, Fire, Armed attack – Driving & Transport safety: driving in hazardous environments, checkpoints, ambush, road travel planning, movement procedures – Dealing with armed state and non-state actors – Traveling alone & Personal planning for an Emergency – Abduction & Coping with capture – Communication and negotiation – Working with communication equipment: radio, satphone, and navigation tools – Mines & Explosive remnants of war (UXO) – Sexual assault – Stress management

After HEAT, the participants will have:
Significantly improved safety and security awareness – Awareness of how to deal with being in captivity and being a hostage – Basic knowledge of using various sorts of communication and navigation tools – Increased awareness of driving safety and how to drive safely – Increased awareness of dealing with armed actors – Increased awareness of how to cope when under fire – How to avoid and how to manage if confronted with mines, UXOs, and improvised explosive devices – Basic knowledge of essential first aid.



Course Information:

Tariff: by quotation. Min. # of participants is 15)

Upcoming Course: April 2021

Duration: 4 days.

location: on location in the Netherlands, Belgium. For the second half of 2021 we are planning to offer a HEAT in South Africa.

Language: English,

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Would you like to have additional information about this course? Please contact William van Heerden:





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