Hostile Environment Safety Courses

Hostile Environment Training (HET) for Journalists, NGO's or Media Teams

Are you a Journalist, NGO or Media Team travelling to conflict areas?

Are your staff prepared for the many risks and challenges with operating in a challenging or hostile environment?

Objective Travel Safety offers a variety of Hostile Environment Safety Training (HEST) courses (or Hostile Environment Safety Courses (HESC/HET/HEFAT/HEAT) as they are commonly referred to) for media teams, journalists, NGOs, Humanitarian aid-workers and charity field staff operating in conflict areas. 

Courses vary in length from an introductory one-day course, to two or five-day HEST courses ensuring employers deliver their duty of care, provide staff with the knowledge and tools to deal with challenges and risks they may face in conflict areas.

Hostile Environment Safety Training (HEST/HEAT)      

  • Situation awareness
  • 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 P.T.S.D.
  • Working and 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 persons

We can also offer specialist medical courses for expeditions and for those working in remote or conflict areas.  All are courses are bespoke and tailor-made, in content and duration and will be adapted to meet the company's specific needs – please contact us for details. 

A typical UK based course would be two days, held at our training centre in Northamptonshire.


See our HEST Covid–19 Safety Measures

Why Choose Objective Travel Safety?

During our HEST courses for journalists, we appreciate the need to ensure the course has a strong journalistic focus and therefore one of our instructors is always a journalist. We are fortunate to be supported by Robert Adams, a camera man with over 25 years of frontline reporting and also Eric Feitjen and Peter Ter Velde. Both Eric and Peter have years of experience with Dutch television broadcaster NOS. We have delivered training courses for; Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Channel 4 and Trinity Mirror Group.

For the last 10 years, Objective Travel Safety have been working in partnership with the European Broadcast Union (EBU), running over 70, five-day HEST/HEAT/HEFAT courses in Bavaria, Germany, and have trained well over 750 of Europe's finest journalists.

Our Premium Hostile Environment Safety Training Course

Our Premium HEST course is held regularly 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. Our HEST/HEAT training course is unique. During the two exercises, delegates are required to find, film or record a story and produce a short news item, therefore, operating as they would have to in the field. The course has four instructors, one of which is a journalist and one medical training specialist.

Among the European networks who regularly send their journalists and technicians on the courses are: NOS, SR, ARD, YLE, VRT, RTBF, DR, MTV3 and SRF.

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NEW! HEST Course Dates for 2021

Five-day Hostile Environment Safety Training Course

7 - 11 June 2021 - Cancelled due to Covid travel restrictions 

6 - 10 September - Book here - course full

13 - 17 September 2021 - Book here - course full

27 September - 01 October Book here

4 - 8 October 2021 - Book here - course full

Two and a half day refresher course

21 - 23 September 2021 - Cancelled

Bookings for the above HEST courses should be made directly with the EBU Academy.

For more information contact: Camille Boutin, EBU Academy +41 22 717 25 78.




"Thank you very much for this intense experience. It was an incredible course and it was a great pleasureto be with you all.
Special thanks to the training team, Charlie, Grant, Peter and Eric, you did an outstanding job."

Robert Speckner, Bayerischer Rundfunk


"I really enjoyed the HEST-course. The course touches a wide variety of topics, with a good balance between theory and practice. The real-life scenarios were great to directly apply the theory into practice. Not unimportant: the location is wonderful with ample room for training outside, excellent catering and the staff has loads of own first hand experience. Also nice to have the ability to reflect with all participants on each others experiences and procedures."

André Puijpe, NOS


“Most amazing, useful, surprising, professional course I ever followed. Life changing.

Teresa de Jong, NOS Sport


"The knowledge attained at HEST has been absolutely indispensable when covering the ongoing Hong Kong protests. The teachers has first-hand experience on many of the worst conflict zones around the planet, and are well up-to-date with the latest threats to journalists covering problematic areas."

Björn Djurberg, Swedish Broadcasting Radio

Hostile environment awareness training




HEST September 2020, with Covid-19 risk reduction safety measures.


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