02 December 2013

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

HEAT I: 20 - 24 January 2014
HEAT II: 31 March - 4 April 2014
HEAT III: 5 May 2014
Deadline for application: 7 January 2014 (HEAT I), 10 March 2014 (HEAT II) and 16 April 2014 (HEAT III)

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 conductive 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 personnel of EU Missions and of Member States to deal with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations. The course addresses their security and safety needs when deployed in hostile environments - including 'high' and 'critical' risk mission areas - a preparation that, at EU and Member States level, is likely to become a compulsory pre-condition prior to deployment, in accordance with the 'duty-of-care' principles. The training is expected to improve participants' understanding of the best behavioural requirements when working as team members/leaders of international field operations, irrespective of their nationality or professional background. The two primary objectives are:
• To improve participants’ awareness of multiple threats while providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively deal with such threats.
• To rehearse and practice safety and security procedures according to threats typology.

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, communications & 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.

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 EU and Member States personnel working or likely to be deployed in low/middle/high risk missions, who have preferably already attended a general introductory course on crisis management operations or have 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: Livorno, Italy

HEAT I: 20 - 24 January 2014
HEAT II: 31 March - 4 April 2014
HEAT III: 5 May 2014

Application deadline: 7 January 2014 (HEAT I), 10 March 2014 (HEAT II) and 16 April 2014 (HEAT III)

Course fee: € 900,00

Working language: English

Number of participants: Each course is open to a maximum of 20 participant and will be activated if a minimum of 15 trainees is reached.

How to apply

Candidates are requested to apply online:
Online application HEAT I
Online application HEAT II
Online application HEAT III

HEAT Course Secretariat
E-mail: heat@sssup.it
Tel: +39 050 882 655
Course website

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