What is a Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)?

What is a Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)?

UPDATE: Salanga no longer provides HEAT training. Please consult the Global Interagency Security Forum for other training providers.

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) is an intensive practical course with  hands-on activities that allow participants to explore their behavior and learn, apply and experience life saving behaviours through realistic simulations in a high-risk environment.

The aim is to improve personal security and self-awareness for NGO workers. Our well-tested learning process builds on 3 phase methodology of (1) learning theory, (2) putting classroom learning into a practice, and (3) testing your newly gained skills in realistic simulations.

Who should attend the training?

The training is designed for Aid Workers who are deployed to high-risk / hostile environment countries.

What will I learn in a HEAT training?

Most of Salanga’s HEAT trainings are organized and planned for a specific clients’ needs. The topics covered may include the following:

  • Survival skills (water, food, shelter)
  • Landmines, UXO & IEDs
  • Navigation & topography
  • First Aid
  • Abduction & hostage taking
  • Coping with sexual violence
  • Stress management & defusing
  • Field communication & equipment
  • Security planning
  • Context & risk assessment
  • Familiarization with weapons
  • Check-points & roadblocks
  • Cross-fire
  • Travel security
  • Cultural awareness & security strategies
What new skills will I have when I’ve completed the HEAT training?

Apart from the practical skills gained through hands-on experience in the topics listed above. People that complete the training have a(n):

  • Better awareness of how I react under stress;
  • Improved understanding of how an individual’s behaviour can affect a team in stressful situations;
  • Increased understanding of the need to analyze situations ahead of time; and,
  • Appreciation for thinking/sensing/analyzing before acting.

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