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Personal Security for Humanitarians (HEAT) -Optional First Aid

Personal Security for Humanitarians (HEAT) -Optional First Aid table
Start date25 Sep 2023
End date29 Sep 2023
Provider RedR, RedR UK
LocationLondon, UK
Type Personal Security, HEAT
CostFour-day PSH + First Aid course, Standard Individual - £1,350 (for those funding themselves), Four-day PSH + First Aid course, Standard Organisation - £1,685 (for those being funded by an organisation)
Booking URLhttps://www.redr.org.uk/Training-Learning/Events/2023/September/Personal-Security-for-Humanitarians-(HEAT)-Option

Intensive, dynamic hostile environment awareness training to learn and apply approaches and measures to improve your personal security.

This fully residential course is an intensive, dynamic hostile environment awareness training (HEAT) where you will discuss, learn and apply approaches and measures to improve your personal security when living and working in insecure environments. Personal Security for Humanitarians has been designed specifically from an NGO perspective to provide the most relevant and challenging training for NGO workers. Essential theory learned in the classroom will immediately be put into practice in real-life simulation exercises.

At an additional fee, participants have the possibility to extend their Personal Security for Humanitarians course by one day to cover First-Aid skills and knowledge, covering Emergency First Aid at Work and humanitarian content (EFAW) + humanitarian content. This will enable participants to react appropriately in various critical situations, preserving life in a range of injuries, including but not limited to: providing aid to an unresponsive casualty and a choking casualty; providing First Aid to a casualty with catastrophic, severe and mild external bleeding; minor injuries and the use and application of a defib (AED). Those who undertake this module will be able to get a certification “Emergency First Aid at Work”, which satisfies the requirements of the UK regulatory body for First Aid – the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Please note that you will be required to arrive in the late afternoon of the day before the training for registration, this is, on September 26th 2023 if you have opted for the three-day course, or on September 25th 2023 if you have opted for the four-day course. The course fee includes three nights of accommodation, full board at the venue (four if you have selected the First-Aid option) and you will be expected to depart after the course closes on the last day (Friday, April 21st). If you require to stay for an additional night, please email us on training@redr.org.uk and we will help with the booking, but you will need to pay extra directly to the venue.

This venue, the Fire Service College, provides basic accommodation on site as well as food (all included in the fee).

What does the course cover?

  • Context assessment with a focus on urban contexts
  • Assessing risk
  • Threat and vulnerability
  • Developing security strategies
  • Security planning
  • Radio, field and emergency communications
  • Stress management
  • Gender and security
  • Coping with sexual violence
  • Vehicles and travel security
  • Abduction, detention and kidnap with a focus on sexual violence
  • Evacuation planning and procedures
  • Terrorism
  • Surviving hostile environments
  • Optional: First Aid module- based on the Health and Safety Executive standard syllabus for the one-day EFAW (Emergency First Aid at Work) tailored to complex and hostile humanitarian environments.

Who should attend?

Personal security training is crucial for anyone working in an insecure or hostile environment. The course is designed primarily for humanitarian personnel, but it is also applicable to anyone who is likely to be deployed to an environment that is or has the possibility to be insecure.


Three-day PSH: arrival expected evening of Tuesday 26th September, course 27-29 September 2023

Four-day PSH + First Aid: arrival expected evening Monday 25th September, course 26-29 September 2023

How much does it cost?

  • Three-day PSH Standard Individual – £1,050 (for those funding themselves)
  • Three-day PSH Standard Organisation – £1,315 (for those being funded by an organisation)

Including the optional First-Aid module (extra day at the beginning), with certification:

  • Four-day PSH + First Aid course, Standard Individual – £1,350 (for those funding themselves)
  • Four-day PSH + First Aid course, Standard Organisation – £1,685 (for those being funded by an organisation)


Organisations’ group bookings: for organisations looking to book 2 or more participants onto the same course, RedR UK can offer flexible fee options. Please contact training@redr.org.uk for more information.

RedR UK does not offer scholarships for this course.


HPass Badge

Upon completion of the course participants will be eligible to apply for a HPass Badge, a digital indicator of achievement, and a way for participants to demonstrate their skills and experience in the humanitarian sector. You can find more information on HPass Badges here.

Upon completion of the 1-day optional First Aid course: Summative practical assessment is ongoing by the instructor, along with a written assessment. A Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment.

Any questions? Check out our FAQs here and our T&Cs here.

If you have any questions about this course or require further information, please contact training@redr.org.uk. In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk

RedR UK aims to ensure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs, RedR UK is committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs. Please email training@redr.org.uk at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR UK about your needs.


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