HEAT: European Union leads the Way

Europe’s New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) recently has developed a minimum standard course concept for HEAT training and is ready to certify courses upon application. The acronym HEAT stands for „Hostile Environment Awareness Training“ and relies on a five day training curriculum that usually covers 5 modules:

  • Module 1 concentrates on requirements for personnel deployed in hostile environments (Threat awareness, vehicle movement security, hostage survival, IEDs and UXOs (unexploded ordnance)).
  • Module 2 consists of a situational training exercise.
  • Module 3 incorporates health maintenance issues.
  • Module 4 focuses on orientation (GPS navigation and map reading), communications and four-wheel-driving.
  • Module 5 consists of a field training exercise.

Looking at these refined training standards (and a likewise well developed practice, e.g. in Bundeswehr facilities at Hammelburg), it remains an open and pressing question, how commercial businesses arrange preparatory courses for staff members to travel in high-risk-environments.

As we already have described in a survey published 2012 (Fassbender, P. & Jertz, W. (2012). Sicherheit: was erwarten Expats von ihren Arbeitgebern?Personal Manager. HR International. Fachzeitschrift für Auslandsentsendung. Two parts: 2/2012 and 3/2012), these kind of training seems to be exactly, what many prospective expats are looking for! Our data suggest that this need is very often not answered adequately by European employers.


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