International Hostile Environment First Aid Training – HEFAT (4-Day Workshop)

The International HEFAT workshop is the flagship educational safety program for journalists and key staff members operating in challenging and hostile environments around the world.

WHO NEEDS THIS TRAINING:  The full International HEFAT is designed for individuals, who have either never undertaken HEFAT before, or whose previous HEFAT qualifications are more than 3 years old. 

About the International HEFAT Course:

  • Designed by operational personnel with both the experience and editorial understanding of Journalism. Our interactive course is delivered by instructors with recent on the ground experience gained from a variety of challenging assignments.
  • We continuously assess and update our course program to reflect the current safety and security issues that individuals are likely to face when deployed on an assignment.
  • We avoid the one size fits all approach and using our trainers’ experience, our understanding of newsgathering and television production, we seek to deliver the most relevant and appropriate training and support you will see within the industry.
  • Our multi-day HEFAT course is divided equally between medical and security lessons. The training is delivered through interactive education, blending presentations, discussions, role-plays, practical scenarios and outdoor exercises.
  • Our course students are able to practice their training and test their newly gained knowledge in a variety of role-play scenarios that reflect real-life situations. 
  • Our medical training will take individuals beyond the standard First Aid at work and give attendees the understanding, knowledge and confidence to be able to deal with multiple casualties in a challenging environment.

Reduced Visibility Patient Care

TOPIC AREAS: Our training program covers the following key knowledge areas

  • Planning & Risk Assessment
  • Personal Security – Situational Awareness
  • Cultural / Gender & Identity Based Violence and Risk Considerations
  • Mines & Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
  • Conflict Management & Verbal De-Escalation
  • Weapons & Ballistics
  • Riots, Demonstrations & Civil Unrest
  • Vehicle Travel & Safety including
  • Working with local fixers/drivers
  • IT, Communications Security & Tracking Devices
  • Detainment, Kidnap and Hostage Survival
  • Field Medical Education & Wellness
  • Trauma Clinics / Catastrophic Bleeding Control
  • CPR & AED
  • Managing Road Traffic Incident/Collision
  • Psycho-Social Care, Managing Stress & PTSD
  • Travel environment illness/injuries prevention
  • More!

This course meets and exceeds the ACOS Alliance, Industry Standard for Safety Training (ISST) recommendations.

The ISST breaks down training modules and methodology into core subjects and essential aspects required to meet baseline industry standards, plus supplemental subjects that are relevant to the needs of individual assignments, contexts and course participants.

IMSG is a ECSI certified Educational Center endorsed by the AAOS and the ACEP. We are also a licensed Educational Center by the US DOD to offer STOP THE BLEED courses.

The International HEFAT Course is conducted over 4-days, each day ranging from 7-9 hours long. In certain circumstances based on threats for your operational region, we might recommend an additional day of focused education where the 5th day would included a deeper immersion on digital security or a very specialized topic based on individual threat assessments.

Please contact us about our upcoming HEFAT workshop offerings around the world or to discuss hosting one of our workshops at your location. Bespoke courses can be offered to your specific company and operational needs.