Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) – 5 days

By:   Human Development Forum Foundation (HDFF)            

For:    Government, Corporate, (I)NGO and UN Safety Personnel                

Dates:   25 – 29 March 2019

The Human Development Forum Foundation (HDFF) would like to inform you about 5 days outdoor field training workshop on Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) to be held in Naresuan Camp, Huahin Thailand from 25 – 29 March 2019. The training is being organized to improve participants’ skills in hostile environment, following international regulations in these settings. The training will be conducted by experienced and culturally sensitive facilitators in an utmost participatory way and has in its core a 3-day field exercise.

The main role of the training workshop is to improve safety and security-related staff’s knowledge of multiple threats in hostile field environment and shows ways how to cope with these, how to manage situations and stress once caught in these situations, e.g. checkpoint behavior, ambush/active shooter, hostile crowds, kidnapping, rescue by force. And this will able to act as a TEAM-member in hostile environments and stressful situations.

The training workshop will cover the components in the table below.

Module Description
Introduction Provides an overview of the training course, its rationale, and helps participants and trainers get to know each other.
Module 1: Pre Deployment Preparation

Understand and apply basic risk awareness in the field

Understand and apply “buddy systems” in hostile environments

Orientate in terrain as well as being able to operate walkie-talkie-like field communication equipment

Module 2: Medical Emergencies in the Field

React timely and correctly to injuries caused by road traffic accidents and/ or weapon impact (e.g. broken bones, massive bleedings, shock, AED training included)

Know the basic actions of a First Person On Scene (FPOS) and can apply relevant techniques

Understand the necessity of environmental screening for danger before starting treatment / action

Prepare affected person and area for evacuation

Module 3: Fire-Extinguishing in the Field

Identify the various types of fires and select the appropriate method for containing or extinguishing them

Apply practical fire extinguishing techniques to a variety of types of fires in a real-life situation in structural or open environments

Understand and apply principles of fire safety in real-life situations to prevent injury or death to themselves or others

Module 4: Active Shooter

 Understand the options for reducing the impact

Understand and apply the Active Shooter Triage (Run, Hide, Fight)

Manage stress and restore “business continuity”

Module 5: IDP/Refugee Situation/ Crowd Handling

 Handle an IDP/refugee/crowd situation from the documentary point of view

Know preventive measures against violent outbreaks/riots

Practically apply this knowledge in the field

Module 6: Aid / Food Distribution

 Understand that there is the need to have an on-scene person in charge to delegate and manage the situation

Gain a good understanding of basic distribution security practices and protocols

Be familiar with the feeling to be trapped in a crowd

Realize an appreciation for the kinds of issues IDPs and their environments can have that make distributions risky

Exit from a crowd without endangering anyone

Module 7: IED Identification and IED/Mine Avoidance

Understand the operational basics of IED and mines

Distinguish and identify IED in various environments

Understand the necessity and possibilities of IED/ mine avoidance and precaution measures

Module 8: Check-point and Ambush Behavior

 Identify the various types of checkpoints and apply the appropriate behaviour at legal and illegal checkpoints

Understand and apply principles of safety and security procedures of vehicle movement

Manage passage through vehicle checkpoints

Gain knowledge of and apply appropriate behaviour in ambush situations (e.g. cover, concealment)

Module 9: Kidnapping and Hostage Survival

 Apply appropriate behaviour and physical and psychological survival skills during a simulated kidnapping and hostage situation

Manage personal stress in critical situations especially verbal interrogations

Assess risks and apply appropriate behaviour during the attack moment, the

duration of the kidnapping incl. handling stress provoking hostage takers and during a rescue attempt

Wrap-Up Brings the training to a close and presents the training support and follow-up plan for each learner.


Training Fees

Full Board Training Only

$ 3,200 USD

$ 2,990 USD

 $2,600 USD

$ 2,390 USD

Regular Cost

Early Bird discount

(Until 08 March 2019)

  • Registration Deadline: 17 March 2019
  • Registration deadline for nationals that require visa to Thailand: 08 March 2019 

Included: Lunch, Coffee Breaks, certificate and Training Materials as well as Accommodation w/breakfast, Transportation from Bangkok to Hua-hin (vice versa), and 1 group dinner

There are no scholarship opportunities offered for this training.

HDFF also offers a variety of in-house trainings (also with mobile trainer teams traveling from Thailand and having conducted several in-house training in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam as well as Nepal.

Contents frequently requested are

– Travel safety for staff

– Female staff security

– Business continuity planning.

If you need more detailed information or price calculations for individual and/or in-house, or organisational trainings, please do not hesitate to contact HDFF at