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Safety and medical training for media workers

Lazarus Training provides safety and medical training for media workers preparing or expecting to work in challenging environments. Whether in a remote location, post disaster zone or a hostile environment, we have a training course that can help you.

2017 was a bad year for media worker safety, with 74 media workers dying in relation to their work.

Safety and first aid training for media workers

There is a need to support staff operation in all environments including the normal workplace and in high threat and risk locations. In many environments the need to provide basic life saving medical care is of paramount importance as staff may well experience time line delays from point of injury/illness to receiving professional medical care.

Organisations with an international presence may find themselves being “judged” against international standards for their duty of care and training procedures, therefore using an international training organisation working to international guidelines shows due diligence.

With approaching 74 journalists killed in 2017, the need for robust first aid training has rarely been higher.

We don’t just provide training, we are also happy to provide advice and guidance.  Here’s a video about our recommended contents of an individual first aid kit.


Safety and medical training for media workers

We pride ourselves on adapting each course to meet the specific requirements of each training group, but we do have some courses which have proven to be very popular over the years.

Working in a Post Disaster Zone

Hostile Environments Training

First Aid in Remote Locations

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Safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices

With a high risk profile it might be time to consider safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices. Specifically face to face training covering topics such as first aid and medical care, alongside personal safety training.

Lazarus Training provides a wide range of first aid and safety training courses and is registered as a supplier on the United Nations General Marketplace [UNGM].

With a global presence via its field offices, UNODC staff are exposed to a wide range of risks, from those posed by the location to those posed by the work that you do. Road traffic collisions [RTC] can occur anywhere in the world, in Austria the rate of deaths due to RTCs is 5.4 per 100,000 people. In Thailand it is 36.2, Kenya 29.1, Senegal 27.2 and Tanzania 32.9.

In Afghanistan 18% of deaths are due to injury, in Colombia it is 17% and Tanzania 11%. These figures are for the general population, it doesn’t allow for the risk profile of staff from UNODC who are working to improve lives, by combating organised crime, trafficking, corruption and terrorism.

Experienced in working with large organisations and multinationals, Lazarus Training has a range of first aid, medical and safety training courses which would fit the need for safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices.

We have worked in many countries including: Afghanistan; Bosnia; Egypt; Ethiopia; Georgia; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Nigeria; Pakistan; Russia, Senegal; South Africa and Thailand.

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First Aid Training in West Africa

Our training courses are designed for each learning group so that we can tailor the courses around localised needs, whilst still delivering international guidelines to a high standard across multiple locations.

Our courses work in a modular format and last from a few hours up to five days dependant on the finalised learning outcomes/content.

Most of our training courses feature scenarios, role playing events where the delegates can practice in a safe learning environment, but at the same time getting as close to real as possible. We summarise this in our #trainforreal ethos- you can read more about this here.

As you would expect from a training organisations with ISO 9001:2015 quality is at the heart of all we do. This is reflected in the planning that goes into our training events. We will share course timetables, scheme of work, sample lesson plans, scenario plans and assessment plans before the training.

You can find out more about our general training by following the links below:

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Hostile Environments Training

But remember, each course is designed specifically for each learning group/client.


So if you are looking for safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices, we would expect you would like to know more?

Contact us on info@lazarustraining.co.uk to talk more.


Hostile environments training in Uganda

Many journalists find themselves experiencing threats and difficulties whilst working in Uganda. One part of the strategy to protect them might be Hostile Environments Training in Uganda itself.

There is a high risk to people working in Uganda, from more mundane problems. According to the World Health Organisation [WHO] Uganda has a road traffic mortality of 27.4 per 100,000 people, placing it higher than Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. With 12% of deaths in Uganda being the result of injuries, there is a clear need for first aid training in Uganda. First Aid training typically forms about 50% of our hostile environments training in Uganda.

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Lazarus Training is based and registered as a first aid training company in the United Kingdom, but can also provide first aid training in Uganda. Able to deploy our staff to Kampala, we can provide a wide range of our #trainforreal training courses in Uganda and East Africa.

In the last year we have run a number of first aid training courses in East Africa and aim to increase this number during 2018.

Many of our most popular courses would be suitable for delivery in Uganda and across East Africa. With the wide range of industry and government agencies and non-governmental organisations in Uganda, it is likely our training can provide a first aid solution for Ugandan businesses or organisations and with our international oversight, many international businesses or agencies can be reassured by our training courses such as:

Hostile Environments training

First Aid at Work

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Our training is always highly interactive and is adapted for each individual client group to ensure the training is relevant and reliable. The delegates are placed under stress within our safe training environment to help them prepare for the day when the emergency is real, hence our motto of #trainforreal


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Courses are mapped to international standards and ensure that the delegates received only the best, empowering training to help them cope in safety and medical situations.

If you would like to know more about our Hostile Environments and  first aid training in Uganda and East Africa, or anything about us as a company, you should be able to find the basic information on this website, but obviously you can contact us at our main office on info[at]lazarustraining.co.uk

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Hostile Environments Awareness Training in Asia

Working within the briefing from the client, Lazarus Training was able to deploy to provide hostile environments awareness training in Asia within a couple of weeks of the training request hitting our office.  The end result was that we deployed members of our team to Malaysia at short notice to deliver a combined personal safety and first aid course for people expecting to work in hostile environments.

The training course was planned and delivered in under two weeks turnaround. The training was delivered in English to a multinational audience with our training team bringing all necessary resources for the training, allowing for it to be delivered quickly and at the client’s convenience and at their venue, reducing costs.

Whilst the reaction time for this course was quick, that doesn’t mean that any of Lazarus Training’s trademark attention to planning was missed, with a fully planned scheme of work and associated materials being available to the client before we left the UK.

Topics covered included: dealing with aggression; working in crowds; vehicle safety; dealing with vehicle checkpoints; ballistics awareness; emergency first aid including catastrophic bleeding; personal resilience and planning.

As always the training was adapted to reflect a number of factors: the entry level knowledge and experience of the participants; the concerns of the participants; local developments and recent events in the region.

In this case, the workshop was delivered as part of a wider training session which required us to ensure a smooth “hand over” of the participants to the second training provider, who was running different training.

If you would like to know more about the training services provided by Lazarus Training, you could explore this website more, or you could call us on + 44 800 2425210 or email us on info[at]lazarustraining.co.uk.

You can find some general course information on these pages, but please remember we tailor all our training courses for each client.

We can also be found on all the usual social media channels, but this only covers part of our services.

New dates for FPOS I courses near London

Looking for FPOS I courses near London? Good News- Lazarus Training which is based in Essex has begun to release its dates for 2016.

Due to demand we will be adding more FPOS I courses near London over the coming weeks, but the first course with spaces is currently the 8th-12th February 2016.

Covering the required syllabus, but in the highly practical #trainforreal way that Lazarus is know for, those successfully completing the course gain the BTEC/Edexcel IHCD First Person on Scene Intermediate qualification- popular in the maritime security and close protection industry. To find out more about our style of training visit the training simulation page of this website.

Lazarus Training is a training company, but our training team is still “out there doing it”- with trainers from [or still serving] as paramedics, fire and rescue, law enforcement, maritime and military backgrounds.

Our team has recent experience in Afghanistan, Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Europe, Kenya, Pakistan, so know what it is like to be on the ground.

FPOS I courses near London

8-12th February 2016- Lazarus Training, Southend on Sea, SS9 5LY. The course costs £350 + VAT including certification. Discounted rates are available for our premier customers.

More dates will follow, but if you have a group of people needing this training we can arrange a bespoke course. Call us on 0800 242 5210 or email info @lazarustraining.co.uk [remove the space between info and @] to get a specific quote.

The FPOS I course is near Southend on Sea, at our Eastwood training centre.

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There are many local hotels, many of our delegates stay in the local Premier Inns. The nearest train stations are Rayleigh [approx 40 mintues from London] on the London Liverpool Street-Southend line and Leigh on Sea [approx 35 minutes from London] on the London Fenchurch Street-Southend line.


Call us on 0800 242 5210 or email info @lazarustraining.co.uk [taking out the space between info and @] to find out more.

Please note to attend this course you will need to be physically fit and able to confirm your identity with photographic ID, contact us to find out more.

Lazarus Training, and its delegates, joins the fight against malaria.

Malaria kills. Figures from many of the charities working in the fight against malaria suggest that the death rate could be higher than 500,000 annual. As the more vulnerable members of communities suffer the most, this is often equated to the death of one child per minute.

Many organisations are working to find a “cure” for malaria, whilst others are working to protect or mitigate the effects to the population. It is this second approach in which Lazarus Training is trying to make its own modest contribution.

Lazarus Training joins the fight against malaria

We run a series of first aid training courses for media staff, including for those traveling to remote environments. On these first aid in remote locations courses we discuss travel health including malaria [and other vector borne diseases] with our delegates. We discuss the risks, signs and symptoms and preventative strategies including the use of bed nets. The routine use of bed nets whilst in “malaria areas” is only part of the preventative measures we recommend, but it is a simple option available to media workers visiting these areas. Sadly all too often it is not an option for people living in the region.

A number of charities, such as Malaria No More, have started campaigns to raise funds to purchase bed nets and get them to people who are otherwise unprotected. Lazarus Training is supporting this campaign, for each delegate successfully completing our First Aid in Remote Locations training course we will donate the money needed to purchase a bed net.

We encourage our delegates to see bed nets as only one part of their protection, considering the use of repellents, clothing and anti-malarial tablets to give a fuller picture, but providing a bed net to a local person or family is one practical step we can take whilst the multimillion dollar research is conducted into finding a cure.

So from now delegates on our First Aid in Remote Locations training courses are not just learning to save a life in a traumatic emergency, but can save that they have saved a life just by attending our courses.

To find out more about the fight against malaria visit the Malaria No More website or the Bill Gates Foundation.

To find out more about our training courses follow the links above or call us on 0800 242 5210.

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.

Lazarus Training- about us.

Lazarus Training is a UK based training organisation, specialising in first aid and medical training, but you probably want to know a bit more about us.

One of the main things that makes us “different” from other first aid training organisations is our #trainforreal ethos. We believe that training should be as close to real as possible: real settings; real cases and most importantly really hands on. In a real first aid situation you don’t normally get offered four options to choose from [like in a multiple choice question paper]. You need to be able to make assessments and decisions despite the pressure you will be under. First aid training matters- it could literally be a matter of life or death.

Our experienced team of trainers, assessors and support staff are linked by their passion for practical, realistic and empowering training. We believe that we should #trainforreal meaning that training must reflect the reality of what people may actually face. You can find out more about our approach/scenarios here. With a variety of professional backgrounds, but united by our standards and commitment we aim to make your delegates confident in applying their emergency skills in the real world.

The range of courses run by Lazarus Training is wide, but covers paediatric first aid, workplace first aid, first aid for police officers, hostile environments training, automated external defibrillator, fire safety and travel health courses. Lazarus Training completed HSE approval, is a Qualsafe training centre, is a member of the Association of First Aiders and is approved by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons [Edinburgh] for its police medical training.

More detail about our courses, or about Lazarus Training as a company, can be found on this website or by contacting us on 0800 242 5210.