Hostile Environment Safety Training


Hostile Environment Safety Courses


Objective Travel Safety runs a variety of Hostile Environment Courses for media teams and NGOs operating in conflict areas. Courses vary in length from an introduction one day course to 2 or 4 day courses. A typical UK based course for an NGO or media team might be a 2 day course held at our training centre in Northamptonshire.

To view our example of a two day Hostile Environment course, simply open the brochure to the right.

We began running courses for Media teams in 2002 as it was clear that there was a need for a more journalistic focus to hostile environment training. As a result, Robert Adams, once of Frontline TV and a print journalist and television cameraman for over 20 years, joined the team and has been at the forefront of designing courses for both camera and print media ever since. Over the years we have expanded the journalistic content of the course and on a regular basis either Eric Feijten or Peter Ter Velde from the Netherlands teach on the course as does Caroline Neil. Caroline, who served with the British Special Forces, has trained media teams for the last 15 years and worked has Head of High Risk for the BBC.


Amongst our UK clients have been the FT, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Channel 4, Trinity Mirror Group. For the last 10 years, working in partnership with the European Broadcast Union (EBU), see below, we have run over 35 regular, 5 day HEST courses in Bavaria and have trained well over 400 of Europe's finest journalists. Among the networks who regularly send their journalists and technicians are: NOS, SR, ARD, ZDF, YLE, RTBF, DR, MTV3, VRT,ORF, SRG, TRT and RTR.  Details of our 2017 courses with the EBU in Germany are at

Modular Subjects

Hostile Environment Training - Typical Course Contents


  • Situation awareness and security risk assessments 
  • Personal safety
  • Medical - preserving life and trauma through to tropical medicine
  • Negotiating checkpoints
  • Weapons and ballistics
  • Terrorism and media coverage of terrorist attacks
  • Guidance on emotional trauma and PTSD 
  • Working/filming in riots and crowds 
  • Mines and booby trap awareness
  • Navigation; GPS and Compass
  • Kidnap avoidance and conduct if taken 
  • Basic vehicle mechanics and extracting injured person  



Through our associates we can offer specalist medical courses for expeditions and for those working in remote or conflict areas. 

Crisis Management Training

Our Premium Hostile Environment Course:

Our premium course is held in Germany and run in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), 

The course is held in a privately owned castle in Bavaria with access to extensive farmland and forest areas for scenario based training. Amongst hostile environment courses, our course is unique as during our two exercises, delegates are required to find, film or record the story and produce a short news item; therefore, operate as they would have to in the field. The course has four instructors, one of which is a journalist and one medical training specialist.  

Course Dates for 2019 for the 4 & a half day HEST courses are:

8 - 12 April
3 - 7 June
16 - 20 September
7 - 11 October (reserve course)

Two day refresher course will be held:

14 - 16 May

24 - 26 September

Bookings are made direct with the EBU ACADEMY,  call Corinne Kappler  +41 22 717 2150 or visit


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