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HEAT Course: Preparing for High-Risk Locations

At Bluespear, we understand the importance of preparing individuals for working in high-risk locations, where they may encounter hostile environments, security risks, and potential dangers to their health and safety. That is why we offer Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT Course), which is designed to equip our participants with the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to work safely and effectively in challenging environments.

What is HEAT course?

Individuals working in risk-associated, precarious, or volatile environments require HEAT course to ensure their safety. This comprehensive program goes beyond basic safety training and provides practical, hands-on experience that simulates real-life situations. By participating in HEAT, individuals can develop the necessary skills to operate safely in high-risk environments.

This training is particularly relevant for those working within the context of an international institution or humanitarian organization, journalists and media professionals, as well as businesses and major corporations. Ultimately, HEAT ensures that individuals have the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform their tasks in the field, thereby minimizing the risk of injury, harm, or death.

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Bluespear HEAT Course Participants are Taking Cover in Crossfire, 2022

What topics are covered in HEAT course?

HEAT training covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Risk and threat assessment
  • Personal security and protection
  • First aid and medical emergencies
  • Weapons and explosives awareness
  • Communication and reporting
  • Behaviour at illegal checkpoints
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Kidnapping and hostage situations

Why is HEAT course important?

Security incidents targeting aid workers and journalists have significantly increased in recent decades, including violent crimes, natural disasters, major road accidents, violent demonstrations, and abductions. As a result, operating safely in these fragile and hostile regions requires preparation, preparedness, and training. That’s why our Hostile Environment Awareness Training programme is designed to enhance knowledge and skills for working safely in complex and hostile environments.

The programme equips participants with essential tools and techniques to manage risks and reduce exposure to danger. Specifically, it covers topics such as pre-deployment planning, situational awareness, operational readiness, personal security, emergency response, and communication in hostile environments. Through simulation of real-life scenarios, participants gain practical experience that can be applied in the field.

In summary, our Hostile Environment Awareness Training programme is a crucial investment for individuals and organizations operating in challenging and high-risk environments. It provides practical and effective training that helps aid workers, journalists, and media workers stay safe and succeed in their mission. By investing in the training and preparedness of individuals, we can reduce risks associated with deployment to hostile regions and support the success of humanitarian efforts and journalistic endeavors.

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At Illegal check points be polite, avoid confrontation, and identify yourself. Show that you're not a threat and be cooperative.

Who should attend HEAT course?

Professionals in high-risk environments, like journalists and aid workers, should do HEAT training for personal safety. This training is also valuable for anyone seeking to increase their knowledge of personal safety in challenging situations.

Duty of Care

Employers and organizations have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of their employees while carrying out their duties. This duty of care requires providing a safe and healthy work environment, including training, appropriate safety equipment (such as PPE, communication, and navigation), and raising awareness of potential risks and hazards.

One critical component of the duty of care is ensuring that employees have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their job safely. Neglecting this duty can lead to harm or injury to employees, negatively impacting their physical and emotional well-being, as well as harming the organization’s reputation and trustworthiness.

In summary, meeting the duty of care is crucial for creating a safe and healthy work environment. Employers and organizations should invest in training and providing appropriate safety equipment to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of their employees. Doing so will not only promote a positive work environment but also protect the reputation and trustworthiness of the organization.

What are the benefits of HEAT course?

Employers and organizations have the duty of care to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. Duty of care refers to the legal responsibility an employer has to ensure the safety, health and well-being of their employees while they are carrying out their duties.

One of the key components of duty care is ensuring that employees have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their job safely. This includes training, providing appropriate safety equipment (PPE, communication and navigation) and ensuring that employees are aware of potential risks and hazards.

Failure to meet the duty of care will not only result in harm or injury to employees, which can negatively impact their physical and emotional well-being, but also harm the organization´s reputation and trustworthiness.

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HEAT course covers also life support in difficult field environments and circumstances


Our bespoke Essential HEAT programme comprises three (3) days and is designed to prepare humanitarians and journalists for the most challenging regions and focuses on the main threats and risks that they may encounter during their assignments in high-risk or conflict zones.

The Advanced HEAT programme is five (5) days, from Monday to Friday and is developed in line with the EU ENTRI guidelines to ensure the highest standards. This immersive course combines indoor and outdoor lectures and exercises, with realistic scenarios and field training exercises.

By providing In-Country HEAT, organizations can reduce the time and expense associated with travel and accommodation for their staff. This can be especially important for organizations operating in remote or hard-to-reach locations, where travel can be both time-consuming and expensive. In-Country HEAT courses are tailored to each organization’s unique context and objectives. In-Country HEAT courses provide convenient  training, saving time and costs while improving operational effectiveness.

Our HEAT programme is designed to improve operational effectiveness and equip you with the necessary skills to stay safe and effective in hostile environments.

How can I enroll in HEAT course?

At Bluespear, we offer HEAT training on a regular basis. If you are interested in attending HEAT training, please visit our HEAT training page to learn more about upcoming training sessions.


In conclusion, HEAT training is an essential component of preparing individuals for work in high-risk locations. By providing our employees with the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to work safely and effectively in challenging environments, we can help them to stay safe and avoid potential risks and dangers. At Bluespear, we are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our personnel, and we believe that HEAT training is an important step in achieving this goal.

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