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Course Descriptions

Hostile Environments & Emergency First-Aid Training (HEFAT)


Description: Two-day HEFAT Active Shooter/CivilUnrest class is designed for urban environments including active shooters, civil unrest, street crime and sexual assault. The course also includes basic and intermediate emergency first-aid. This affordable two-day option is recommended for journalists, NGO workers and other personnel who may cover or face attacks by lone or multiple shooters, violent protests and clashes with police, street crime including robbery and physical attacks. Instruction includes elements of personal safety and defense, along with emotional self-care.

Cost: $1,195 including transportation and meals at remote locations.


Description: Three-day HEFAT Essential Skills class prepares trainees for 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, resilience & emotional self-care, ordnance & combat hazards, interrogations & captivity. Our best selling class, this course is popular among NGO workers and journalists alike.

Cost: $1,695 including local transportation and meals at remote locations.


Description: Five-Day HEFAT Combat Casualty Care class prepares trainees for high-risk hostile environments and includes advanced medical training for either combat casualties or 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, emotional self-care, ordnance & combat hazards, interrogations & captivity, checkpoints, IEDs & terrorist attacks. Trainers include combat medics and instructors in Tactical Combat Casualty Care. Recommended for journalists and others operating in conflict or potential terrorist zones.

Cost: $2,995 including local transportation and meals at remote locations.


Description: Week-long HEFAT class prepares conflict journalists, humanitarian professionals, diplomats and others for high-risk contingencies including kidnapping and prolonged detention. The curriculum focuses on risk assessment and planning, emergency first-aid, vehicle accidents, improvised stretchers and carries, weapons and ballistics, risk reduction in terrorist and targeted environments, personal safety against sexual assault and hostile mobs, IEDs, landmines & terrorist attacks, ordnance & combat hazards, checkpoints, evasion & escape, interrogations, kidnapping & surviving captivity. The course includes psychological aspects of captivity & resilience along with emotional self-care.

Cost: $2,995 including local transportation and all meals at remote training locations.

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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