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Although Open Briefing can provide security advisers and medics, we believe that it is better to give NGO workers and journalists the skills and knowledge that they need to operate independently if the risk environment allows it. By investing in training, organisations can ensure that their staff are less likely to be kidnapped, injured or killed, and that they will have the ability to respond safely and effectively to any medical or security emergency that does arise.

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Working with the very best instructors in the country, Open Briefing has developed two new hostile environment awareness training (HEAT) and advanced first aid courses specifically for NGO workers and journalists. Clients can choose to undertake one or both of these courses, as they are designed to work as stand-alone courses or can be adapted to complement each other for clients wishing to complete the courses back-to-back together with our counter- and anti-surveillance training in a 10-day pre-deployment package or two five-day blocks.

Although our courses include classroom sessions, they all focus on scenario-based training, which provides students with genuine experiential learning by immersing them in the training and providing important opportunities for feedback and reflection (including through viewing video recordings of their actions). The scenarios are all based on real-life events, and are developed specifically for the students attending the training and the environments that they will be working in.

We can provide online training in the form of one-to-one or small group tutorials over Skype for clients new to sat phones or handheld GPS devices.

In addition, we offer several different innovative cyber security courses to help protect organisations against external attacks and infiltration by government or corporate interests engaged in intelligence gathering or sabotage.

Instructors and training sites

Our instructors are all former armed forces personnel with extensive civilian experience delivering training for NGO workers and journalists. Our courses are run at an 865-acre training site in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and the Royal Navy’s Pier Cellars training facility, both on the Rame Peninsula in southeast Cornwall, and a purpose-built state-of-the-art simulation centre in Indian Queens in central Cornwall. The sites are easily reachable by train or car from central London, and are well-served by Exeter International Airport and Cornwall Airport Newquay. We also run occasional courses in London, and can deliver on-site training anywhere in the United Kingdom or Europe.