COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT: FULL 4-Day HEFAT, Refresher HEFAT and Public Order / Civil Unrest Journalist Safety Education.

August 29th to September 2nd, 2022 – Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

First Option (UK) and the International Media Support Group are delighted to announce that we will be delivering Hostile Environment & First Aid Training (HEFAT) courses in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for US based journalist and key staff members in late August. 

The Full HEFAT is First Options flagship safety course for journalists and key staff members operating in challenging and hostile environments. It is an intensive 4-day, all inclusive, residential educational opportunity at a world class facility with ample after-hours recreation and wellness opportunities.

The First Option HEFAT portfolio is made up of market/sector leading courses that prepare journalists and other key staff members for working in hostile environments and other high risk situations around the world.Our HEFAT portfolio has been developed and continuously refined in close collaboration with key clients, which include BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, NBC, Washington Post, Alaraby TV, Global Radio and many other networks and broadcasters. Our courses are endorsed by INSI, the Rory Peck Trust and the Frontline Club through whom we offer bursaries for freelancers. Our courses exceed the ACOS Industry Standard for Safety Training. 

These courses include tuition, lodging and meals. Complementary after class activities including group campfires, kayaking, swimming and team sports. Transportation to the site is the responsibility of the students.

Registrations for these courses are through First Option.

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