Heat training: Hostile Environment Awareness

HEAT training

Course Overview

HEAT training

HEAT training prepares participants for deployment to locations of elevated risk and equips them with the confidence and skills required to help them avoid or respond to potential threats effectively.


During the HEAT training participants are taught initial departure requirements including medical, security and travel advice, along with country context and specific personal safety awareness.

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Who is the course for?

The NGO and Humanitarian Aid Community.
SMS recognises that humanitarian aid agencies work within complex context environments, and their training needs are different to those of most commercial organisations.  SMS develops specific programmes to meet those needs.


World Travellers, Students, Corporate and Media Clients
SMS will design HEAT training for our clients that will heighten awareness in personal safety to help you avoid problems globally.

What is the assessment method?

Ongoing practical and written assessments

What is the duration of the course?

5 Days – Residential

What topics are covered?

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Liaison and Negotiating skills
  • Personal Safety
  • International travel and journey management
  • Conflict Management Skills
  • Surveillance Detection & Evasion
  • First Aid – Basic / Intermediate Life Support
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Security
  • Communications and voice procedure
  • Residential and Hotel Security
  • Weapons Recognition & Effects
  • Improvised Explosive Devices & Mines
  • Abduction Avoidance and Hostage Survival
  • Incident Reaction Training
  • Country Specific Threats and Recent Incidents
  • Country Evacuation and Contingency Planning
  • Navigation and Tracking Systems
  • Driver Training (On Request)

Find out more

Looking to book multiple people onto the course or want to discuss options for running a bespoke course? Please let us know when you send your booking enquiry.