Hostile Environment Training

Our hostile environment and first aid training courses are the leading courses to prepare journalists and other programme makers for working in hostile environments and other high risk situations.

Our courses have been developed and continuously refined in close collaboration with our key clients including BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, NBC, Washington Post, Alaraby TV, Global Radio and many more. Our courses are endorsed by the Rory Peck Trust and the Frontline Club through whom we offer bursaries for freelancers.

Security

Courses comprise classroom and group discussion work interspersed with realistic exercises to build skills and confidence.

The security syllabus includes personal and group deployment planning, threat evaluation and risk assessment; personal security and conflict management; vehicle and travel security; ballistics, mines and IED awareness; dealing with local authorities and factions; avoiding and surviving kidnap or detention; living and working in disaster areas; cyber security; and recognising and dealing with post traumatic stress.

 

Two, three, and four day basic and refresher courses are all available.

Medical

Our medical training equips delegates to deal with a range of traumatic injuries likely in hostile environments as well as how to maintain good health and hygiene in remote or austere locations.

A grounding of the theory is followed by hands on practice in a supportive learning environment before moving to lifelike casualty simulation as part of the scenario exercises to hone and refine these life-saving skills under simulated pressured circumstances.

Medical subjects covered include: travel and environmental health, basic life support and AED, unconscious casualty and secondary survey; catastrophic bleeding and ballistic wounds; fractures, splinting casualty handling; triage and casualty simulation exercises.

Public Order

The public order module provides a good grounding in how to cover different forms of protest and civil unrest and provides practical skills such as personal conflict management; clothing and equipment for covering protest or civil disturbance; police and security force tactics; improvised missiles and petrol bombs; tear gas awareness; first aid for public order; and practical exercises.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN)

Designed for news crews, programme and documentary makers and their leadership, this module highlights the prevalent types of CBRN threat.

 

Delegates will complete the module with an understanding of the general threat and effective methods of response, together with specific practical experience of responding to the prevailing threat at the time of training.

Travel Safety Awareness

Our medical training equips delegates to deal with a range of traumatic injuries likely in hostile environments as well as how to maintain good health and hygiene in remote or austere locations.

A grounding of the theory is followed by hands on practice in a supportive learning environment before moving to lifelike casualty simulation as part of the scenario exercises to hone and refine these life-saving skills under simulated pressured circumstances.

Medical subjects covered include: travel and environmental health, basic life support and AED, unconscious casualty and secondary survey; catastrophic bleeding and ballistic wounds; fractures, splinting casualty handling; triage and casualty simulation exercises.

Our Venue

Salomons Estate is an impressive Victorian mansion two miles outside the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Designed by Decimus Burton, the house sits in 36 acres of gardens, parkland and woods, which provide our immediate indoor and outdoor training locations.

Delegates are accommodated in comfortable and newly decorated, individual, ensuite bedrooms on site and have all meals in the Salomons restaurant. Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells rail stations are within 3 miles. We run a shuttle to both and there is ample parking on site.

Our larger scenarios are run at Pippingford Park in Ashdown Forest 20 mins drive away. This 875 acre site allows us to run a day long realistic, mobile newsgathering exercise.

Online Training Videos

Based on the collected wisdom and experience of our instructors and partners, we have created a selection of on-demand training videos.

 

Covering a variety of relevant topics inlcuding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), cyber security, disaster zones and emergency first aid, you will find something that will help you to prepare for the highest levels of threat.