As a journalist, you understand the importance of reporting the truth, no matter the circumstances. Whether covering conflict zones, natural disasters, or other high-risk environments, you need to be able to do your job while minimizing the risk of harm to yourself and others. That's where Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) comes in.

Our HEAT program is specifically designed for journalists and covers a range of topics that are critical for operating safely and effectively in high-risk environments. From understanding the security threat to personal security measures, from emergency response procedures to cultural awareness, our program provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to minimize their risk of harm and to carry out their responsibilities with confidence.


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Why Our training is different

What sets our HEAT program apart is its focus on practical, real-world scenarios. Our program is delivered through a combination of classroom-based training, practical exercises, and scenario-based simulations that help participants develop the skills they need to respond to real-world challenges.

So if you're a journalist looking to improve your safety and effectiveness in potentially hostile environments, look no further. Our HEAT program is the right choice for you. Don't wait, invest in your safety and success today!"

Journalists often work in unpredictable and potentially dangerous environments, where they may be exposed to a range of threats. Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) is essential for equipping journalists with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe and carry out their work effectively.

What does the HEAT course Give YOU?

Our HEAT training program is designed to give journalists a comprehensive understanding of the risks they may face in a hostile environment, and how to respond appropriately. This includes training in:

  • Threat assessment and risk management
  • Personal security and self-defence
  • Emergency first aid and medical response
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Cultural awareness and communication in hostile environments

Our experienced trainers use real-life scenarios and simulations to give participants hands-on experience in dealing with emergency situations. We also provide ongoing support and resources to help participants maintain their skills and knowledge.

Investing in HEAT training is a critical step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of journalists, and supporting them in their mission to inform the public and hold power to account. By equipping journalists with the skills and knowledge they need to operate safely and effectively, we can help them carry out their important work with confidence.

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What Our HEAT Course Can Provide You

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) for journalists is designed to provide individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and understanding to operate safely and effectively in high-risk and potentially hostile environments. The primary objective of HEAT is to minimize the risk of harm to journalists and ensure that they are able to gather and report information in a safe and effective manner.

HEAT for journalists typically covers the following topics:

  • Understanding the security threat: Participants learn about the nature of security threats and the factors that contribute to them, such as local politics, social and cultural norms, and criminal activity.
  • Personal security: Participants learn about personal security measures, such as how to maintain a low profile, how to avoid attracting attention, and how to recognize and respond to potential security incidents.
  • Emergency response: Participants learn about emergency response procedures, including how to evacuate a building, how to secure a perimeter, and how to communicate with local authorities.
  • Cultural awareness: Participants learn about the cultural and social norms of the communities in which they will be working, and how to interact with local populations in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Health and safety: Participants learn about health and safety issues, such as the risks associated with infectious diseases, and how to take appropriate precautions to minimize these risks.
  • Reporting in hostile environments: Participants learn about the specific requirements for reporting in potentially hostile environments, including how to manage security risks, how to communicate with sources, and how to protect sensitive information.
  • HEAT programs for journalists are usually delivered through a combination of classroom-based training, practical exercises, and scenario-based simulations. The content and delivery of HEAT programs may vary depending on the specific needs and requirements of the journalists, as well as the operating environment.

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ATR's HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) courses are designed to provide individuals and organizations with the skills and knowledge to operate safely and effectively in high-risk environments.

These courses are continuously ongoing, with up to 4 running at the same time, and take place every week. ATR can train from a single person up to 48 attendees in each course, ensuring that everyone receives personalized attention and hands-on experience.

For Journalists ATR's HEAT courses can equip you with the necessary skills to manage risks and operate confidently in challenging environments.

Once you have completed a course you will be better equipped, as examples:

  • Operationally ready to tackle any situation.
  • Confidence in your planning and contingency.
  • Identification of potential gaps in policy and procedure.
  • Improved awareness of current local and global, threats, risks and hazards.
  • Empowered to go anywhere in the world safely.