High Intensity Hostile Environment Awareness Training (Hi-HEAT)

HI-HEAT is a 5-day residential, advanced course designed to respond to the shift over the past decade from humanitarian and development workers as neutral and independent during conflict to targets during conflict. This change has meant those working in hostile environments and conflict zones are more likely to experience violence and traumatic events.


Hi-HEAT is not simply a HEAT course taken to 'another level'. It pushes participants both mentally and physically escalating levels of stress and pressure throughout. It contains many of the learning elements of a HEAT course but fully integrates a psycho-social component being taught and overseen by a psychologist throughout. Safer Edge's course was initially developed in cooperation with World Vision to meet their criteria and standards including a 16 hour simulation.

Hi-HEAT is  recommended only for individuals who will be visiting high, or extreme, risk locations. 

What you'll learn - a course overview

Inclusive and integrated security

Safer Edge's core principles of inclusive and integrated security mean that participants understand their role in providing for their own security as well as that of the entire team. Inclusive and integrated security enables programmes and operations to work as effectively and safely as possible. This includes: 

  • Key principles of the Security Management Framework, including situational analysis and actor mapping.

  • The role of different security strategies, including Acceptance, Protection and Deterrence.

Personal Preparedness

  • The Security Compass: assessing, anticipating and mitigating risks.

  • Getting prepared for incidents and emergencies.

  • Dealing with checkpoints, crossfire, landmines and other dangers.

  • Developing psychological resilience.

  • Image management and noticing other people’s perceptions.

  • Managing interpersonal conflict, hostility and aggression.

First Aid in Field Environments

Standard first aid courses assume an ambulance is just a few moments away. Our first aid teaches the crucial skills to save lives when medical help could take hours or days to arrive.

Kidnap Avoidance, Survival and Response 

Ensure staff know exactly what to do if kidnapping is an immediate threat – and what to do if they are abducted. Including:

  • When to anticipate kidnap and abduction.

  • Establishing best practice to minimise risk.

  • How to live and survive in captivity​

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