Security, Safety, Awareness, Training
Edu type:
Course or training
Edu level:
Bachelor (EQF 6), Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study load:
24 hrs
3 Days
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The Basic Safety and Security Course is a HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) equivalent and prepares you for travelling or being deployed to unsafe areas overseas. 

Below you find an explanation of the method of the course and the results per module.

During this safety and security course you learn and practice the skills needed to operate safely in dangerous areas. This will give you a rational attitude and self-confidence, thus increasing your personal and professional effectiveness in the field. Strong emphasis on interaction and practical exercises. Simulations are an integrated part of the training. The training is conducted in a safe learning environment. After one year, the participants receive a short e-learning course to refresh their knowledge and skills.  




Security Awareness

Working in insecure areas requires good analysis of context and threats. This analysis is crucial in taking realistic and appropriate security measures. The Security Awareness module is based on the “Circle of Security”, an easy-to-use tool to assess dangerous environments. 


In this interactive session you will have the opportunity to discuss the practical steps to work safely in risk areas. You will learn the basics of field security and will exercise the key points of this module in case studies. These case studies are the starting point for the rest of the Basic Course.


Participants will learn the following:

  • Context Analysis; what is the impact of my programme and how does that affect my safety? How does the environment I work in influence my security?
  • Risk Assessment; what are the threats that can cause me or my colleagues harm? How can I assess the risk I am facing in a certain environment?
  • Risk Reducing Strategies; how can I reduce risk by adopting the right strategy: acceptance, protection and/or deterrence?
  • Standard Operation Procedures; you learn how SOPs can enhance your safety. SOPs we discuss are: Communications, Vehicle Travel and Movement, Site Security, Staff Health and Welfare, Gender Safety and Information Security.
  • Contingency planning; you learn how to work with emergency plans. If all things go wrong, what do you do?
  • Incident reporting; how to inform your organisation if an incident occurs?


Medical Accident Control

In case of a wounded person, problems such as chaos on the scene, poor communication, limited medical knowledge and limited available facilities can increase the difficulty of the situation. Therefore you should be able to perform lifesaving skills. In this module the emphasis is on practicing and rehearsing these skills.


Participants will learn the following:

  • Medical prevention and preparations before departure
  • Assessment and management:
  • How to act at the scene of an accident
  • Describe appropriate steps to mitigate potential threats to safety
  • Identify potential threats that are unique to a given scenario
  • Apply emergency transport
  • Perform life saving skills (ABC Protocol)
  • Solving airway and breathing problems
  • Treating (severe) bleedings
  • Dealing with fractures
  • Transporting an injured person
  • Hyper and hypo thermia prevention 


Dealing with Aggression & Mental Resilience

Aggression can vary from corrupt government officials to armed robbery. In this module you learn how to lower the stress level of the aggressor and yourself through controlling your own emotions and non-verbal behaviour. This increases your chance of surviving the situation. The module is highly interactive and makes use of an aggression actor during practical exercises.


Participants will learn the following:

  • Types of aggression and differences between emotional and instrumental aggression
  • How to deal with supercilious bureaucrats, carjacking, robbery, and hostage taking
  • Recognising dangerous situations
  • Staying calm when confronted with aggression
  • Influencing the stress level of the aggressor with your personal behaviour
  • Identifying the several phases of a hostage situation
  • Dealing with a long term hostage situation, staying physically and mentally healthy 


Field Safety Skills

This module will give you the tools to work and travel in risk areas. The risks differ from checkpoints, ammunition from past conflicts to attacks from criminals or rebels. Another topic in this module is effective communication in the field.

In most (former) conflict areas there is a serious threat of weapons, unexploded ammunition and landmines. In this module you learn to recognise the danger of different kinds of weapons, landmines and ammunition. Dealing with attacks and (illegal) checkpoints during travel are important skills. We discuss what you can do when you are confronted with such a situation. Communication is vital in risk areas, especially in dangerous situations. You will learn to operate and communicate via HF radio communication and to report incidents. The emphasis will be on practical skills and awareness in order to assess risks independently and avoid unnecessary dangers.

Participants will learn the following:

  • The danger of weapons/landmines/ammunition 
  • How to behave at a checkpoint
  • What to do when under attack
  • What to do during a carjacking
  • Basic communication skills
  • Preparing for travel and vehicle movement
  • Avoiding and reacting to mines and ammunition
  • Communication procedures, HF communication to report an incident 



All acquired skills will be practiced in real-life simulations. In these practical exercises you learn to anticipate and react in threatening situations. All simulations will be practised in small groups and are supervised by experienced CSD trainers.  After each simulation you will receive feedback on your personal and group behaviour and actions from both the trainer and the actors. Although the simulations can be challenging and demanding, they will be manageable and provide an excellent learning experience. This will increase your self-confidence and will help you develop the right attitude toward the risks involved. The course is taught in English. 



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