08 October 2013

Scuola Superiore Sant ’Anna, Pisa (Italy)
Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

28 October - 1 November 2013 (Course I), Leghorn (Italy)
18 - 22 November 2013 (Course II), Leghorn (Italy)
Deadline for application: 11 October 2013 (Course I) and 28 October 2013 (Course II)

The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) is a public University and a centre of excellence which promotes education and research through under and post-graduate studies in the field of Social and Applied Sciences. The International Training Programme for Conflict Management (ITPCM) is a post-graduate programme of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. It was established in 1995 with the aim to respond to the training needs of personnel involved in international field operations.

Background of the course
Hostile environment awareness plays an important role in the effectiveness and impact of crisis management missions; it is also a chief responsibility that each seconding or contracting actor has vis-à-vis its deployed personnel ('duty of care'), so as to further address the issue of their protection while operating in high risk operational theaters.

Hostile environment awareness is essential to coping with internal and external security threats on the ground and is conducive to:
• enhancing the resilience of personnel when working in hazardous environments;
• increasing the understanding of proactive security and of basic field measures;
• providing personnel with the basic tools and techniques needed to avoid potentially dangerous situations or to cope adequately with actual endangering ones in the field.

This course has been designed and developed jointly by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Carabinieri Corps General Headquarters, precisely with the aim to address such needs.
ENTRI certification
This is the first HEAT course that provides the 'C3MC label' which assures that the course meets established standards and criteria requested by ENTRI/EU. Through the certification process, ENTRi aims at ensuring harmonisation of training standards among training providers working on civilian crisis management training.

Training objectives & modules
HEAT is an intensive 40-hour course that aims at training professionals to deal effectively with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad. The training is expected to improve participants’ understanding of the minimum behavioural field requirements when working as a team members of an international field operation irrespective of their national or professional  background. The course has two primary objectives:
• To improve participants’ knowledge of multiple threats present in hostile field environments and of ways and means of dealing with them in an effective manner.
• To rehearse and practice safety and security procedures according to specific threats.

The course content is clustered in five modules:

• Module I - EU personnel deployed in hostile environments
• Module II - Situational training exercise (STX)
• Module III - Medical training: health maintenance on mission
• Module IV - Orientation , communication s & 4-wheel drive
• Module V - Field training exercise (FTX)

The 2nd Mobile Brigade of the Carabinieri Corps acts through one of its special units as implementing partner during the outdoor role playing sessions.

The course, in addition to general background lectures, focuses on operational procedures and practice. Participants are tested through various scenarios, advanced role-playing sessions and simulation exercises. There is ample use of specific case study material, outdoor activities and extensive reference is made to the field experiences of both lectures and participants.

Target group
The target group for this training is mission staff selected to be deployed to low/middle/high risk missions or recently deployed to such missions who have preferably already attended at least a general introductory course on crisis management operations or have at least gained relevant experience in international field operations.

Teaching staff & director

Professor Andrea de Guttry (Scuola Sant’Anna) and the Commander of the 1st Carabinieri Paratrooper Regiment 'Tuscania' are the Co-Directors of the Course. Lecturers and trainers are mainly from the 1st Paratrooper Regiment 'Tuscania', the unique Special Operations Force of Carabinieri Corps, currently engaged in critical countries and high risk operational theatres all over the world.

Location: Leghorn, Italy

HEAT Course I: 28 October - 1 November 2013
HEAT Course II: 18 November - 22 November 2013

Application deadline: 11 October 2013 for HEAT Course I and 28 October 2013 for HEAT Course II.

Course fee: € 900,00

Working language: English

Number of participants: max. 20

How to apply

Online application Course I
Online application Course II

We suggest you to use the Mozilla Firefox browser to fill in the application form. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

HEAT Course Secretariat
E-mail: heat@sssup.it
Tel: +39 050 882655
Course website

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