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RPT expands Safety Training Providers

RPT expands Safety Training Providers

US-based Global Journalist Security and UK-based 1st Option High Risk will increase HET course options for freelancers.

We're pleased to announce that from 2015, two new course providers will be added to our approved course provider list, ensuring that freelancers in more locations will be able to receive vital hostile environment training. 

Global Journalist Security, based in Washington, D.C., offers 5-day HEFAT courses in the U.S., aimed specifically at humanitarian and media professionals who work in high-risk zones. The 5-day courses include modules on emergency first aid. weapons and ballistics, risk reduction, situational awareness, emotional self-care and travel security, amongst other elements.

1st Option High Risk, based in London and Kent, provides 4-day hostile environment training courses specifically designed for media workers. Their courses focus on three main areas: safety, security, and medical skills when under pressure.

"As we welcome 1st Option and GJS we are giving more choices and opportunities to freelancers to access to essential training and to be better prepared", said Elisabet Cantenys, Head of Programmes for RPT. "1st Option offers UK courses on a monthly basis while GJS extends our presence in the US."

The Rory Peck Training Fund makes hostile environment training affordable for freelance journalists. Since its launch in 2000, the Fund has given over 500 bursaries to freelance journalists, photographers, cameramen and filmmakers, enabling them to gain vital skills and knowledge.

If you're interested in finding out more about the programme, then please visit the Rory Peck Training Fund page

Top image: A hostile environment training course (Photo by Global Journalist Security)

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