What is SAFE training?

Going beyond regular security training, SAFE training focuses on the specific challenges of fragile situations, where the risks might be unfamiliar and adaptability is key. Join us for a practical learning experience that combines theory with real-world strategies, enhancing your awareness and resilience in unpredictable scenarios.

SAFE (Security Awareness in Fragile Environments) training is designed to ready individuals for living or working in ‘fragile’ environments. These environments include areas affected by conflict, political instability, natural disasters, or other elements that increase personal safety and security risks. 

This training program will provide the skills to discern potential security threats and respond to them appropriately. This encompasses a broad range of subjects such as situational awareness, risk assessment, emergency response, and self-defence techniques. 

The training combines classroom lectures, hands-on exercises, and scenario simulations to offer participants a thorough comprehension of security risks and effective response strategies.

Why attend Security Awareness Fragile Environments training?

Get in touch to find out more SAFE training

SAFE vs HEAT Training 

"SAFE" and "HEAT" are both types of training programs designed to enhance the security awareness of individuals working in high-risk environments. While they share some common goals, they often differ in their specific focuses and methodologies.

SAFE (Security Awareness in a Fragile Environment)


Polygon 1


Designed to prepare individuals for working or travelling in fragile environments, eg. regions affected by conflict, political instability, natural disasters, or other security challenges.

Polygon 1


Includes situational awareness, risk assessment, personal security measures, crisis communication, cultural sensitivity, and emergency response procedures tailored to fragile environments.

Polygon 1


Humanitarian aid work, journalism, diplomatic missions, and development projects, where individuals may encounter security challenges beyond traditional workplace settings.

HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training)


Polygon 1


Specifically geared towards preparing individuals for hostile environments, which may involve intentional threats, violence, and deliberate targeting of individuals.

Polygon 1


Includes topics such as kidnap and ransom awareness, defensive driving, first aid in hostile environments, personal security tactics, and strategies for dealing with armed attackers.

Polygon 1


Relevant for individuals operating in regions with a high risk of intentional violence, such as conflict zones with active combat, areas with high crime rates, or regions with a significant risk of terrorism.

Key Features of a SAFE training course


All of our courses can be adapted to suit the size of the class and where their skills might be used. Security awareness courses cover the following topics: 

  • Understanding Fragile Environments: Introduction to the characteristics of fragile environments and their inherent risks 
  • Risk Assessment and Management: Techniques for evaluating and managing security risks
  • Personal Security Measures: Training in personal safety, including movement security, accommodation security, and dealing with checkpoints 
  • Dealing with Aggression: Strategies for managing and de-escalating aggressive encounters.
  • Kidnap Prevention and Survival: Guidance on avoiding abduction and survival strategies in case of a kidnapping 
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Communication: Emphasis on understanding local customs and effective communication strategies to enhance safety 

Need more details? Book a 15 minute consultation call today

Why choose ATR for your SAFE training course?

Expert Instructors: Our trainers bring invaluable real-life experience from operating in high-risk environments, spanning the UK special forces, military, and law enforcement roles. We understand the dangers and unpredictability inherent in hostile environments, backed by decades of training experience. This ensures that participants experience a positive and welcoming learning environment at our dedicated training centre 

Training facilities: For training courses longer than one day, participants enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation in individual pods with en-suite bathrooms. There’s also a relaxing social area with a TV. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and there are plenty of options for evening meals – we’ll be happy to show you around. 

How do I enrol?

Contact for a 15-minute consultation by video call, talk over the specifics and any customisation to the course needed

What kind of environments does SAFE training prepare you for? 

  • Conflict Zones 
  • Post-Conflict Areas 
  • Natural Disaster Zones 
  • Remote or Isolated Areas 
  • Areas with High Crime Rates 
  • Regions with Terrorism Threats 
  • Humanitarian and Development Settings 
  • Media and Journalism in a hostile environment 
  • Diplomatic and Consular Missions 
  • Health Crisis Zones 

Is SAFE training relevant for non-professionals in fragile environments? 

Yes. While initially designed for professionals, SAFE training principles can be beneficial for anyone travelling to or residing in areas with security challenges. The knowledge gained can enhance personal safety and well-being. 

How often should individuals undergo SAFE training? 

Refresher courses are recommended at regular intervals, especially if working in dynamic or changing environments. Additionally, staying informed about current security issues and updates is crucial for maintaining a high level of security awareness. 

Can SAFE training be customised for specific environments or organisations? Yes, many SAFE training programs offer customisation options to address the unique security concerns of different organisations or specific environments. Tailoring the training ensures its relevance and effectiveness. 

How does SAFE training address cultural considerations? 

SAFE training emphasises cultural sensitivity and awareness, helping participants understand local customs, norms, and potential cultural challenges. This knowledge is essential for building positive relationships and minimising security risks. 

Can SAFE training be conducted remotely or online? ATR concentrate on in person training so it is more authentic and offers a more immersive practical advice


Enrol in SAFE training today