Protection against Risks and Threats in Conflict Areas

This course aims at increasing the understanding of proactive security and teaches the basic field measures to be undertaken before, during and after a mission in a conflict area. Using a combination of lectures and practical exercises, including role-playing, the course has been designed and supervised with the help of experts with extensive field experience.

The course objective is to provide participants with the tools and techniques to avoid falling into potentially dangerous situations and, should they occur, how to deal with them. Examples could range from direct threats of violence to more mundane situations such as fire safety or the correct handling of four-wheeled drive vehicles.

The course is considered to be equivalent to hostile environment awareness training (HEAT) and is approved as such by EEAS (European Union External Action Service).

Course subjects

  • Risk and threat assessment.
  • Stress management.
  • First aid in hostile environments, including the evacuation of wounded under fire.
  • Effects of IEDs, small arms fire and risk of explosive remnants of war.
  • Radio communication.
  • 4x4 driving.
  • Basic fire–fighting.

Target group

Approximately 20 participants will be sought, mainly civilian staff in international or non-governmental organizations, with limited or no experience of serving abroad.

Next course

For information about the next course and its application procedure, see our web page on upcoming courses.

If you cannot find information about the course you are interested in, please contact the course administration at courses@fba.se. If there is no HEAT course at the FBA that corresponds with your timing needs the possibility is open for you to attend a certified HEAT course in another European country. Please see our calendar with recognized HEAT courses in Europe in 2018.

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