Hostile Environment Preparedness course (HEPCO)
The Horizon Hostile Environment Preparedness course (HEPCO) is designed to prepare Close Protection Operatives prior to deploying in what would be described as hostile countries such as Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
The course fully complies with DODI 3020.50, Private Security Contractors (PSCs) Operating in Contingency and DEFSTAN 05-129 Defence Standards Procedures & Requirements & DEFCON 697, Contractors on Deployed Operations.
Students who attend our Hostile Environment Preparedness course, demonstrate competence and meet our clients’ minimum hiring criteria will be interviewed by a recruiter(s), irrespective of whether they historically attended a Close Protection course with another provider.
The content of our HEPCO has carefully been designed utilising our instructor’s extensive experience and many years working in hostile environments.
The course is delivered over 4 days and brings together our 3 day hostile package at our purpose-built Urban Training Centre, where learners do all the noisy stuff, partake in Hostage Awareness and Survival Training and several other specific training drills needed to prepare individuals pursuing work within the hostile environment circuit.
During the course our experienced instructors will typically take learners through:
* Kidnap and abduction
* International threats including terrorism
* Culture awareness
* Threat and situational awareness
* International travel and journey management
* Personal, residence and venue security
* Personal security including ballistics, PPE and exploding ordnance
* Use of a grab bag and the wearing of appropriate clothing
* Working alongside Close Protection Officers and the use of armoured vehicles
* Kidnap awareness including survival, evasion, resistance, and escape
* Bribery and corruption
* Checkpoint dilemmas and negotiation techniques
* Working as a Close Protection Operative in a hostile area, including several practical team exercises
* Improvised explosive devices (IED) and suicide bombers
* Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) recognition
Assessment is by way of various practical performance assessments throughout the course.
Candidates must meet the following:
* Must possess a Close Protection Level 3 certificate
* Be aged 18 or above
* Be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English
* Must be of reasonable health and fitness levels due to the nature of the course
* Should you wish to be eligible as a driver on the course then you must hold a full driving licence and be at least 25 years of age. Serious driving offences will be individually assessed by the insurance company.
At the end of the Horizon HEPCO you will receive a certificate as proof of attendance outlining the course training objectives.
First Person on Scene (FPOS) responders
The IHCD Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) First Person on Scene Level 4 course (FPOS L4) is designed as the next step for a first aider. It is aimed at those working in remote or hostile environments. Students will be taught the skills associated with rapid assessment, stabilisation and transfer of both the trauma victim and patients suffering a medical emergency.
This foundational and valuable course is the minimum standard for Close Protection Operatives, Community Responders and Ambulance Responders as well as those wishing to gain tier 1 medic employment.
The course includes both theoretical lectures and practical sessions, designed to develop an all-round first responder. Our instructors use a range of scenarios to prepare you for managing medical emergencies in high risk or hostile environments.
Our instructors are paramedics with a wealth of knowledge and frontline experience.
The First Person on Scene Level 4 qualification is an in-depth course that involves more than just giving first aid. After taking this course, you will be able to identify a variety of injuries and problems; you will also be able to deliver an effective solution in a professional manner to ensure the victim receives adequate care, until they are taken to the hospital.
The topics covered include:
- The Pre-Hospital Environment
- Primary survey and C-Spine control
- Patient Assessment (communication, examination and assessment)
- Airway Management (OPA, BVM)
- Respiratory and Suction
- Oxygen delivery
- Basic Life Support & AED
- Respiratory problems (asthma and hyperventilation)
- Medical Emergencies (Diabetes, Stroke, Epilepsy, Anaphylaxis and Heart Conditions)
- Unconscious casualty
- Trauma Related Emergencies
- Burns and Scalds
- Bleeding and Shock
- Assisting the Paramedic
- Industry specific sessions
Medicine In Remote Areas (MIRA)
The MIRA course has been designed to provide personnel who already have experience in Pre-Hospital Care, the added skills and knowledge to be able to deal with casualties in remote and challenging environments. The course focuses on stabilisation of the casualty, through to the skills required for prolonged field care until the arrival of the emergency services.
The MIRA course is ideal for medical professionals who work in or want to work within remotes areas as a tier 1 remote medic.
The content for this course is comprehensive and covers the following:
- Clinical scope of practice
- Preparations and role of medical officer
- Triage and crisis management
- Patient assessment and diagnosis
- Airway management (i-gel, LMA, and surgical airway)
- Chest decompression
- Chest and abdominal trauma
- Shock, hemorrhage control (tourniquets, celox) and fluids with lethal triad
- Fracture management and various splints (KTD, SAM splints & collar)
- Skin issues and closure techniques
- Minor injuries
- Medical emergencies overview
- Minor limb and back issues
- Extremes of weathers
- Altitude and mountain medicine awareness
- Drugs and pharmacology issues
- Prolonged patient care
- RTC extrication (KED & spine board
- Bites & stings (snake bites, scorpion, spiders)
Students are required to successfully pass the following assessments:
- Written assessment
- Practical assessments
Students must have previous medical experience before commencing this course. As a minimum learners need to have a valid First Person on Scene intermediate (FPOS I) certificate or demonstrate equivalence.