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Hostile environments training for media workers in Afghanistan.

Media workers in Afghanistan find themselves under a very high level of risk. With attacks directly against media workers and their places of work, employees should be looking to protect their staff. Part of a safety plan might be to provide media workers with safety training. This training often called Hostile Environments Awareness Training for media workers in Afghanistan [HEAT].

Lazarus Training provides HEAT training and standalone medical and first aid training courses for people working in challenging environments.

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Everywhere in the world, a great risk to health is road traffic collisions.

We hope to be able to provide this essential training in Kabul later this year [2019].

Our training normally takes place over a few days and covers topics such as:

Planning before the trip

Selection of kit and equipment

Emergency planning

Dealing with people, conflict and aggression

Weapon and explosive awareness [please note this isn’t training you to use weapons]

Explosive Remnants of War & Mines

Vehicle and driver safety including transiting checkpoints

Hostile environments first aid training

Travel health

Post traumatic stress

The course duration varies depending on the course content, but normally ranges from two to five days long. All our training is highly practical, with plenty of chance to practice the skills covered in the training. You can find out more information about our training on this site, including our approach to casualty simulation training here.

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But we also believe that training should be adapted to reflect the specific needs of each audience, therefore we are currently gathering feedback from media workers in Afghanistan about their training needs.

We also believe in sharing information via a number of methods, our training courses are delivered face to face, but we also provide information via our free smartphone app and via our social media platforms. The video below was a live Facebook broadcast that was made after a request from a media organisation that had changed the contents of their first aid kits.

We hope to be able to provide a very specific course in Hostile Environments Training for media workers in Afghanistan. If you would like to know more about this topic, or have suggestions for what should be covered and how, then please contact us. We have a range of medical courses which may also be of use, such as First Aid in Remote Locations and a new course for people working in Post Disaster Zones, such as after the recent floods.

You can email us on info@lazarustraining.co.uk to find out more or to discuss this further.

Freelancer safety training- a view point on National Freelancers Day

Media from hostile environments is increasingly gathered by freelancers, as the bigger organisations take a more risk adverse outlook. Often the freelancer finds themselves plunged into the situation and reporting within hours of making the decision, typically lacking any form of freelancer safety training.

As we approach National Freelancers Day on 21st November 2014, it is fitting to reflect on the risks to freelancers aiming to make their name in hostile environments.

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INSI records the tragic casualty figures for media workers, including freelancers. Their casualty counter [at time of writing] sits at 99, almost awaiting to “click over” to the horrific landmark of 100 media worker deaths. Where is the most “dangerous” place to work in media? INSIs figures suggest that Pakistan sits ahead of Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, with shooting being the main cause of these deaths. For full figures from INSI click here.

So if the leading cause of death is shooting, is there anything that can be done? Bullet proof vests- are only fully bullet proof in the movies, those offering the highest levels of protection, often simulatenously providing the greatest limitation to movement. Should a freelancer hinge their safety on the ballistic properties of their body armour? Or is a wider approach required?

Many of the larger media outlets invest in providing their media staff traveling to warzones and disaster areas with safety training, typically called Hostile Environments Training. This training commonly focuses on the complete approach from pre-deployment planning, via risk assessment, critical decision making, kit selection and typically first aid training. These courses are extremely worthwhile, but can often be too costly for the freelancer to access.

If time allows the freelancer can often cover a number of these topics themselves, gathering resources from a number of sources, INSI has a wide range of resources and advice [including risk assessment templates] which can be downloaded from their safety pages.

Health issues can be researched via websites such as the American Centre of Disease Control, with many training providers offering remote area or hostile environments first aid training [including us] but there are also a number of useful books and apps. This will be the subject of another post to come shortly.