There are many employees, who have to visit and work in hostile environments, often in developing countries, as part of their employ.
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Their visits could be connected to humanitarian work, human rights’ law, consultancy assignments, Ministry of Defence procurement, Embassy & Diplomatic work, mining & oil engineers, journalism/media and so the list continues. Certainly, from the safety perspective, each individual would normally complete a Hostile Environment Awareness Training (H.E.A.T.) course, prior to the initial visit to an inhospitable territory. This course is valid for three years, after which the individual would be expected to attend a H.E.A.T. Refresher course. This is an updated version of the original programme. Its importance cannot be over-emphasised,  since a person’s safety and security is paramount in challenging surroundings.


Consider what would happen to you, for example, if you are suddenly confronted by a gunman in a crowded marketplace.


  • What would you do?
  • Would you panic and try to run away?
  • Would you try to grab the gunman’s pistol?
  • Would you start screaming?
  • Would you do nothing?


The answer is that you could do any of those actions or inactions, if you are not properly trained beforehand. Unfortunately, the reality of terrorism is ever-present, especially when travelling to certain areas of the world, which is why the UK Government (*1) gives specific advice on their website to UK businesses, which send employees overseas to hostile environments. In fact, since employers have a duty of care to their employees, particularly those assigned to work abroad, the Government advises that businesses should consider providing employees, as appropriate, with hostile environment training. In fact, Croner-i (*2) confirms that between 3.5 and 4 million employees travel overseas on work assignments every year and supplies detailed information on their website, regarding the potential risks, faced by the UK traveller.
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On 5th January 2020, Vanessa Allen wrote in The Daily Mail (*3) about the UK Foreign Office issuing serious warnings about travel to 14 countries in the Middle East, due to the possibility of terror attacks. Such warnings affect not only tourists, but business travellers as well. These warnings stopped short of warning not to travel, except to Iraq. Undoubtedly, there are different businesses, connected to some of the countries in which UK travellers are advised to be vigilant, which depend on business trips to maintain the on-going, commercial relationships. However, the dangers posed to UK business people are significant, which is why we strongly encourage you to not be complacent, but to respond to the UK Government’s good advice to undergo hostile environment training. Our H.E.A.T. (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) Refresher course is perfect for those employees, who need an update to keep them aware and vigilant in every situation. Do take a few moments to review our H.E.A.T. Refresher course on our website. Here is the Link, as below:-



(*1). Reduce Your Risk from Terrorism While Abroad

(*2). Overseas Workers and Risk: In-depth

(*3). British Tourists in Egypt 5th January 2020 (Vaness Allen) The Daily Mail

Frequently Asked Questions

“Our travel safety and HEAT instructors come from a background in the Royal Marines Commando and the British Army and have been specifically picked for their skills in their fields of excellence from years of experience of Operating and Living in hostile environment.”

“Our Trainers must all have, as a minimum, an accredited award in education and training, first aid at work or higher, and conflict management. They are also all DBS checked, with full insurance cover for their specific disciplines.”

“Contact us now, so that our Instructors can teach you how to stay safe.”

Our courses are held at our training venue in Onley, near Rugby in the East Midlands, where we can comfortably seat up to 30 Delegates per course.

Additionally, we have a training location in the USA.

However, depending on the type of course selected, we are very flexible and our Instructors can travel to a client’s venue, if that is more convenient for you. The only exception is our H.E.A.T. (Hostile Environments Awareness Training) Course, which must be conducted at our training venue, due to the course content and requirements.

Yes, we absolutely can! Before we deliver the course, we always discuss your specific requirements with you, ensure they are embedded into the course, and receive prior written confirmation that you are completely happy with the content of the course.

Prices vary depending on the course you are attending and any specific requirements that you may have. What you need to know is that our prices are some of the best you can find, which is why we encourage you to contact us to receive a full and competitive Quotation.

Yes. Each Instructor is fully DBS checked and possesses a current First Aid Certificate, together with full insurance within the disciplines they teach.

Yes, absolutely. Our Conflict Management courses are perfect for lone workers, since they teach priceless conflict management skills, together with the physical skills necessary to quickly de-escalate a conflict, and the best way to reach a safe area.