Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) - AUSTRALIA

Humanitarian workers and professionals are increasingly exposed to challenging, insecure, remote or hostile environments due to lawlessness, political instability and armed conflict. It is essential they are adequately prepared for any dangers they may encounter.

RedR Australia's internationally recognised Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) prepares individuals to work in crisis zones or a range of hostile situations. This rigorous classroom and simulation training will enhance your knowledge of personal security so you are prepared to face difficult security situations.

The training course integrates Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) training delivered by our partners Real Response, giving you the skills and knowledge to operate in hostile environments around the world.

Real Response delivers a combination of theory and practical based emergency medical training, teaching you the skills to manage ballistic, penetrating and blast trauma. TECC skills learnt on the training course include commercial and improvised tourniquets and haemorrhage control, airway management of an unconscious casualty and an array of improvised techniques teaching students how to save and preserve life with limited resources.

Each participant will receive a TECC Level 1 Certificate issued through Real Response. The course content is recognised through the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC).

Who is this course for?

The Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) course is designed for people from all professional backgrounds and disciplines, and completion of the EHP and HEAT courses are prerequisites for full RedR Roster membership.

This course is targeted at individuals and aid agency staff wanting to learn more about personal safety and security issues and the steps they need to take to remain safe or survive in a hostile or insecure situation or environment.

The course is in English and you need to have a reasonable proficiency of the English language.

Find out if this course is right for you. Contact our training team for more information - [email protected] 


In addition to the Standard and Early Bird discounted course fee rates, RedR Australia offers a limited number of places on our courses to young Australians who aspire to a career in the humanitarian sector. To be eligible for the Young Humanitarian Professionals (YHP) rate you must:

  • Be at or under 31 years of age.
  • Hold a post-graduate qualification in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian work
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Provide evidence to substantiate the above.
  • Note the above criteria only applies for the YHP Rate, otherwise, anyone can attend our training courses
20 Nov - 24 Nov 2024
Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) , Mount Macedon, Victoria, Australia
Address: 601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon, VIC 3441, AUSTRALIA

Degree of Difficulty

Please note that this course is both psychologically and physically demanding.

It is standard practice for RedR Australia to include a qualified psychologist with extensive experience in psychological debriefs and critical incident support as part of the training team for this course.

While personnel are in place to help participants achieve the learning objectives of the course, given the demands placed on both body and mind, physical and mental fitness is to be considered when selecting this course.

Our Training Team

Our highly experienced trainers deliver a unique and high quality training experience.

Our trainers have extensive experience in complex emergencies and natural disasters in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.

Learning Objectives

Aims and Objectives

This course aims to introduce a standard and recognised approach to managing security within the sector. It provides an overview of individual and team risk management.

Course Objectives

Reduce the risk of injury and death to humanitarian workers by promoting:

  • An understanding of security risks in the field environment
  • The development of personal and team-based strategies
  • Effective use of communication and navigation devices
  • Successful application emergency first aid

Course Outline

  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (provided and accredited by our partners, Real Response)
  • Security Context (inc Image and Acceptance)
  • Trip Planning
  • Communications Protocol and Equipment
  • Field Preparedness and Evacuation
  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Navigation
  • Weapons Awareness: Judging Distance
  • Weapons Awareness: Movement under Fire
  • Basics of Negotiation
  • Sexual Assault
  • Information Security
  • Hostage and Kidnap Survival
  • Physical Security
  • Situational Awareness
  • Vehicle Check Points/Road Blocks
  • Active Armed Assailant
  • Crowds and Mobs
  • Explosive Remnants of War (ERW)
  • Incident Reporting

Course Fees

Full rate: AUD $3,750 
Early bird rates from: AUD $3,450 

Inclusions: All food, accommodation and training materials for five days and four nights. Travel is not included.

Course fees are in Australian dollars and can be paid in full via credit card through our secure payment facility. Organisations are able to request to receive an invoice. 
Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees.

Essential Course Information

Training Times

Registration takes place from 9:30am on the first day of the course. To receive your course certificates you must complete the entire course.

Travel and Accommodation

Please arrange your own travel to and from our training venues. Accommodation is included in the course fee. Full payment of course fees is required prior to attendance.

Travel insurance is recommended for all applicants and is mandatory for international participants.

Pre-course Learning

It is strongly recommended that you complete a preparatory on-line training package before attending the HEAT. This will deepen your learning of personal security issues and allow you to contribute more fully to the practical scenarios in the training. 

RedR Australia recommends the following e-learning course, which is free to access. 

BSAFE – United Nations Department of Safety and Security

  • All applicants to the RedR Australia humanitarian roster are required to complete the United Nations BSAFE certificates as a prerequisite to be accepted on our roster.
  • This training is mandatory for all candidates wishing in the future to deploy with a UN agency.
  • The training introduces security material, outlines the UN approach to security issues and provides comprehensive information on the UN Security System as it operates around the world.
  • The training course takes one hour to complete and is mobile friendly. An Advanced Security in the Field certificate is also available.
  • When you finish the online course, please bring a copy of your certificate of completion to the HEAT course so our trainers know who have completed each course.

Please refer to your course orientation guide, received upon enrollment, for more detailed essential course information.