Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

Understanding and reducing risk in challenging contexts.

  • For all confirmed members of UK-Med’s Register
  • 15 to 18 hours of live online learning
  • Developed for UK-Med by Safer Edge

About this course

Our HEAT course is a fully bespoke online course developed for us by Safer Edge. When you deploy with UK-Med, you’re likely to find yourself in challenging locations. This course will prepare you for the variety of different safety and security risks you may face. There is also a live simulation exercise, described separately, which will allow you to explore your behaviour in a high-stress environment and reflect on your reactions.

What you will learn

This course will help you to prepare for working in a challenging context, and give you the skills, knowledge, behaviour, attitude and confidence to navigate potential risks safely and securely. You’ll develop an understanding of your role and responsibilities in keeping yourself and your colleagues safe during responses.

By undertaking this course:

  • You’ll become more aware of security threats in conflict-affected areas
  • You’ll understand how to apply appropriate risk-reduction measures
  • You’ll be able to perform your functions safely, effectively and efficiently in an emergency response.

How you will learn

This course has two components:

  • Fifteen online modules for you to complete at your own pace
  • Three live online calls in a virtual classroom
  • There is also a separate HEAT simulation exercise.

Who this course is for

This course is for all UK-Med Register members, of all backgrounds and experience, to ensure that we can provide a unified response to emergencies. It’s offered to you once you’ve completed the Core Training Pathway.

Course details

The key topics you’ll learn about in the HEAT course include:

  • Risk assessment, security strategies, trip planning and first aid
  • Checkpoints, vehicle maintenance, and carjacking
  • Weapons and complex attacks
  • Self-awareness, interpersonal skills and self-care
  • Detention, arrest, kidnap and sexual violence
  • Incident management and reporting.

We select and contact members to take part in this course. You can always get in touch to register your interest. 


If you aren’t a member yet but want to look at applying you can contact us today.