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Course Descriptions

Hostile Environments & Emergency First-Aid Training (HEFAT)


Description: The 2-day HEFAT Civil Unrest/Active Shooter class is designed for journalists covering civil unrest and other contingencies within the United States. Situational awareness, teamwork including use of spotters and communications, entry and exit routes, line of sight/line of fire, personal protective gear, and protestor, counter-protestor and police dynamics are covered. The instructors include security advisors with extensive experience advising journalists navigating civil unrest, trained military medical instructors, and law enforcement instructors who train riot control police. The course will further include legal issues surrounding police arrests of journalists. The 2-Day course also covers active shooters situations, along with street crime and sexual assault. The course includes basic and intermediate emergency first-aid (to treat head wounds and other traumatic injuries), elements of personal safety and defense, along with tactical stress management.

Cost: $1,195 including transportation and meals in DC.


Description: Our best selling class, this 3-Day course is popular among journalists, NGO workers, and others. The HEFAT Essential Skills class imparts key skills to navigate moderate- to high-risk environments. The curriculum covers emergency first-aid including vehicle accidents and improvised stretchers & carries, situational awareness, weapons & ballistics, risk reduction, travel security, basic digital hygiene, personal safety against street crime, sexual assault & hostile mobs, tactical stress management, ordnance & combat hazards, interrogations & captivity. The 3-Day Essential Skills course is a time- and cost-effective option that meets duty of care and insurance industry standards for most personnel.

Cost: $1,695 including: local transportation and meals in DC; water and snacks elsewhere.


Description: An intensive, emergency medical-oriented course, our 5-Day HEFAT Tactical Casualty Care class prepares trainees for high-risk hostile environments and includes advanced medical training for major trauma including combat casualties and terrorist attacks. The curriculum covers risk assessment & planning, situational awareness, improvised stretchers & carries, weapons & ballistics, travel security, basic digital hygiene, personal safety, sexual assault & hostile mobs, tactical stress management, ordnance & combat hazards, interrogations & captivity, checkpoints, IEDs & terrorist attacks. Trainers include combat medics and instructors in Tactical Combat Casualty Care. The 5-Day Tactical Casualty Care course meets industry standards for personnel operating in high-risk environments.

Cost: $2,995 including local transportation and meals in DC. Fee includes a compact, 90-piece GJS Individual Tactical First-Aid Kit.


Description: A demanding class, this 5-Day course prepares conflict reporters, humanitarians and diplomats for high-risk environments including but not limited to the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, South-Central Asia and the Philippines. The course emphasizes risk assessment and planning to help trainees evaluate threats and avoid hazards. Special instruction is provided in reading body language and baselining people to better navigate situations. Trainees learn how their own online profiles may be exploited during interrogations as they also learn techniques to survive captivity. The cultivation of tactical stress resilience to endure traumatic experiences is another unique aspect of this course. Other subjects include: emergency first-aid, vehicle accident protocols; improvised stretchers & carries; weapons & ballistics; personal safety against assault and hostile mobs; navigating checkpoints; IEDs, booby-traps & landmines; ordnance & combat hazards. The 5-Day Conflict, Captivity, Resilience course meets industry standards for personnel operating in high-risk environments.

Cost: $2,995 including local transportation and all meals in DC.

Digital Safety

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Custom Courses

Health & Environmental Hazards Training — Climate Change, 2-Day Workshop

Designed in collaboration with international medical professionals and the Boston-based NGO The Ground Truth Project as part of an effort to prepare journalists & NGO workers to navigate the risks of climate change and related contingencies, the two-day workshop covers infectious diseases like Dengue Fever, environmental hazards like heat stroke, and natural disasters like earthquakes, along with street crime, mobs and random violence, as well as basic emergency first aid for various contingencies. Instructors include qualified EMTs experienced in extreme environments, & top infectious disease & disaster experts. See the video of this course here: https://vimeo.com/139122286. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

Wildfire Awareness & Emergency First Aid (WAFAT) — Visual Journalists, 3-Day Course

Designed in collaboration with Certified Wildfire Firefighter Instructors, the three-Day WAFAT course would incorporate two days of wildfire behavior awareness and fire shelter training, and a third day focusing on emergency first aid including burns, heat stroke, and dehydration, and use improvised stretchers and carries. Risk assessment, contingency planning and emergency communications are also integral to the course. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

Avoidance, Deterrence, Escape Training (ADET) — Assault-Risk Environments, 2-Day Workshop

Designed for women and men living or working in environments where violent crimes including sexual assault pose an active risk, the two-day ADET workshop includes: situational awareness to avoid becoming a target, use of demeanor and tone of voice to help deter predators, and learning simple, but effective self-defense measures to help de-escalate situations and escape attacks. The course includes emotional self-care both to maintain equilibrium in the moment and to practice self-care afterward. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

Compassion Fatigue & Trauma Self-Care — Exposure Risks 1-Day Workshop

Human rights and press freedom advocates, journalists and others regularly develop relationships with frontline activists, journalists and their families who are facing threats, intimidation, violence, imprisonment, exile, separation or other hardships. Humanitarian and development experts and others also frequently become primary witnesses to human tragedies. Repeated exposure to trauma whether primary or secondary takes its toll. This one-day workshop offers practical knowledge and effective skills to maintain one’s emotional well-being. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

Covering Civil Unrest — Photo and Video Journalists, Half-Day Workshop, or 1-Day Workshop & Simulation Training

Photojournalists, camera crews & videographers increasingly find themselves besieged during protests in the United States and other nations. Whether they are caught in the melee, attacked by protestors, or arrested by police who also may attempt to confiscate their equipment or illegally delete their images or footage. We uniquely bring in experienced photojournalists and videographers, reserve police officers and technologists to cover matters from line-of-site safe positioning, to uploading or storing and concealing images and footage to avoid erasure or confiscation. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

Kidnapping & Crises Responses for NGO & Media Managers, 1-Day Workshop & Simulation Training

NGOs and media organizations must be prepared to respond to kidnappings and other crisis contingencies involving personnel. This one day workshop reviews risk assessments as well as proof-of-life protocols prior to field deployment, communication check-in methods & procedures, and emergency response options. The morning half of the class involves classroom presentation and discussion. The afternoon involves real-time scenario-based training involving up to a dozen professional actors assuming roles from distraught and feuding relatives, spouses, friends, colleagues, journalists from different outlets with different agendas, diplomats from Western and other relative nations, and kidnappers and terrorists. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

Ebola Personal Protection Awareness & Avoidance, Half-Day Workshop

The course is led by Dr. Dan Hanfling, a biosecurity expert who is currently advising the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Hospital Preparedness Program effort for the Ebola crisis. The half-day workshop will focus on getting past the hysteria currently surrounding the crisis and focus instead on the biology of the disease and how it is actually spread. The course will include simulation exercises with actors and benign but detectable agents to help journalists and others learn how to avoid infection. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

Hostile Environments Awareness Training (HEAT), 2-Day or 3-Day Course (depending on modules chosen)

Integrated situational awareness skills interweaving physical and digital security is the focus of this 3-Day course. Oriented toward health, development and conflict resolution professionals, the HEAT class combines classroom presentation with applied exercises to help overseas professionals navigate checkpoints and interrogations, and learn how to minimize risk in terrorist and targeted environments. Recommended for individuals who already have emergency first-aid training, as the 3-Day HEAT is focused exclusively on integrated security awareness and risk reduction. Interested in this course? Contact us for more information.

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