Re-HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training)

About Safer Edge

Safer Edge ( is a UK-based, risk management company which specialises in safety and security services for the social sector. Formed in 2003, Safer Edge was founded to cater to the specific security needs of humanitarian and development organisations globally, to enable them to stay safe and achieve their objectives when working in difficult environments.  Its has grown to provide learning and risk management expertise to hundreds of humanitarian and development organisations. Clients include both national and international NGOs (such as Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision), donor departments, the UN, foundations and academic institutions.

Safer Edge delivers work through two portfolios:

  1. Risk Management ( delivering organisational security system design, audit and review, travel and context support and consultancy for advisory services and gap filling.
  2. Learning ( delivering both open and tailored courses for clients who work in difficult environments. This includes hostile environment awareness training, advanced personal security with first aid, security management, crisis management and international travel security.

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (Re-HEAT)

Learning is perishable and skill sets learned once need to be reactivated to ensure that the learner is still able to understand and apply their previous learning. Re-HEAT is a 2-day, residential course designed for those who have previously been on a HEAT course and are still working in challenging, remote or hostile regions. Re-HEAT helps them update their skills to respond in environments which have evolved since their last training. Safer Edge recommends a Re-HEAT training three years after completion of the initial HEAT course.

Re-HEAT participants are reminded to recognise, assess and avoid risks as well as appropriate responses. The course is designed to be informative and enjoyable without covering the ground they initially learned on their first HEAT. These two days combine combining practical challenges with relevant and updated theory. Expert trainers who are practitioners with field experience give participants the confidence and skills to operate outside their normal comfort zones.