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Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

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Humanitarian workers are increasingly exposed to challenging, insecure, remote or hostile environments due to lawlessness, political instability and armed conflict, so there is a compelling need for them to be adequately prepared for any dangers they may encounter.

Sexual harassment, interactions with aggressive armed combatants, day light robbery and traffic accidents are realistic threats for humanitarians and aid workers. All field workers should be adequately prepared for these events and be proficient in establishing and maintaining telecommunications, whether working in a safe or hostile situation. Conscious of the varying needs within the sector, RedR Australia seeks to address the concerns of a range of organisations and individuals and their insurance providers. These include relief, development, research and advocacy organizations, operational agencies and agencies that are not directly operational but provide support to community based organisations and locally based NGOs.

RedR Australia's HEAT course includes integrated Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) training by Real Response. Real Response will deliver a combination of theory and practical based emergency medical training, giving participants the skills and knowledge to manage ballistic, penetrating and blast trauma. A few of the skills learned in TECC include commercial and improvised tourniquets and haemorrhage control, airway management of an unconscious casualty and an array of improvised techniques teaching students how to save and preserve life with limited resources. Participants will leave the course with the skills and knowledge to provide aid and operate in hostile environments around the world.

Participants will receive a TECC Level 1 Certificate issued through Real Response. The course content is recognised through Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC).

Learning Objectives

Aims and Objectives

To introduce what is a standard and recognised approach to managing security within the sector. The course provides an overview of individual and team risk management.

Course Objectives

To reduce the risk of injury and death to humanitarian workers by promoting:

  • an understanding of security risks in the field environment
  • the development of personal and team-based strategies
  • effective use of communication and navigation devices
  • successful application of first aid

Course Outline

  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (provided and accredited by Real Response)
  • Security Context
  • Communications Protocol and Equipment
  • Trip Planning
  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Field Preparedness and Evacuation
  • Navigation
  • Weapons Awareness: Judging Distance
  • Weapons Awareness: Movement under Fire
  • Sexual Assault
  • Basics of Negotiation
  • Image and Acceptance
  • Vehicle Check Points/Road Blocks
  • Active Armed Assailant
  • Hostage and Kidnap Survival
  • Crowds and Mobs
  • Explosive Remnants of War (ERW)

Fee information

Full Rate: $3,200 AUD Reduced Rate: $3,000 AUD

Inclusions: All food, accommodation and training materials for 5 days and 4 nights. Travel not included.

If you currently work for an NGO or are a member of our humanitarian roster (please supply your membership number), you are eligible for the reduced rate.

Unless otherwise stated, all courses are residential and course fees are inclusive of meals, accommodation, training and materials, but not transport to and from the venue. Course fees are in Australian dollars. A non-refundable deposit of $400 (AUD) is payable at the time of enrolment to secure your place on a course. This payment must be made via credit card through our secure payment facility.

Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees.

How to register

Register for this course here - https://redraustralia.secure.force.com/web/courseregistrationform