Hostile Environment Safety Training (HEST/HEAT) courses are bespoke to meet the needs and requirements of the individual and/or organisation. Whilst they are principally attended by media professionals; journalists, reporters and NGOs (or businesses working in high-risk areas) we rarely mix them as their needs and working practices are generally very different.
Our Hostile Environment Safety Courses focus on training the individual in order to identify and be aware of the risks at the earliest opportunity in order to take action to avoid or manage that risk, so they can undertake the task in hand. The training is generally a minimum of 2 days residential course and can be as long as 5 days.
For the last 18 years, we have held the Hostile Environment Safety Awareness Training (HEST/HEAT/HEFAT) contract for the European Broadcast Union (EBU) Academy, delivering 5-day training courses. Training media professionals including journalists, from all the major European Broadcasters including: ARD, NOS, NRK, RAI, BBC, SR, VRT.
During our HEST courses for journalists, freelance journalists, and reporters, we appreciate the need to ensure the course has a strong journalistic focus. Therefore, one of our instructors is always a journalist. We are fortunate to be supported by Robert Adams, a cameraman with over 25 years of frontline reporting, Eric Feitjen and Peter Ter Velde. Both Eric and Peter have years of experience with Dutch television broadcaster NOS. We have also delivered training courses for Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Channel 4 and Trinity Mirror Group.
For NGOs, charities, business travellers or church groups, we focus more on working in the local environment and with local communities. For journalists, reporters, cameramen and media teams, especially in conflict zones, the focus is on managing the risks as a journalist or reporter and concentrating on some of the key risks such as the threat from authoritarian regimes through to negotiating checkpoints, mines and IED avoidance.