HEST Refresher

Please note this course is postponed until April 2022. For more information please contact Nathalie Labourdette.

Join our Hostile Environment Safety Training (HEST), a 2-day safety and risk management refresher course in Hexenagger.

HEST is the reference course in Europe preparing media professionals for assignments under extreme conditions.

Situated near Munich, Hexenagger is the perfect location to do as many practical exercises as possible.

This 2-day course aims to provide journalists and technical media professionals working in the field with an update on new threats, while consolidating information already taught but perhaps forgotten.

It is an important reminder that will ultimately increase skill levels so that the entire crew can feel confident administering first aid to injured colleagues without losing their cool.


  • All media journalists and reporters + cameramen and technical staff who have already completed the HEST course before


  • The bed-rock of personal safety and update on new threats
  • Crime prevention, use of local transport
  • Weapon characteristics – hand guns, rifles, mortars etc. Weapons penetration and selecting protective clothing. An update on mines and IED threats
  • Options in the event of terrorist attack
  • Current kidnap threat. The principles of avoidance and the physical and moral techniques of surviving in captivity
  • Techniques for negotiating safe passage and identifying early escalating dangers
  • Basic life-saving, practising diagnostic and first aid techniques. How to stabilize casualties
  • Useful tips and advice for women working abroad, assisted by women present
  • How to extract a casualty from vehicles. Reduce the chances of an accident


Day 1 - Collection of participants between 14:00 and 14:30 at Munich airport, please ensure that your flight lands by no later than 13:30. Followed by a 2-hour course. Dinner at 20:30 at Schloss Hexenagger.

Day 2 - From 9:00 to 20:00

Day 3 - From 8:45 to 16:30


  • Safety awareness
  • Preparation and personal security
  • Review of field safety
  • Weapons and ballistics awareness
  • Mines and IEDs
  • Medical 1 – introduction and trauma
  • Abduction survival
  • Emotional trauma
  • Working in crowds
  • Medical 2 – practical
  • Women issues abroad
  • Medical 3 – road traffic accidents


  • Bring your driving licence.
  • Bring enough casual and old clothing and shoes with you for the outside role play exercises, as the conditions may turn muddy and dirty.
  • Bring enough warm clothing and shoes with you as the weather in Germany might be cold and rainy.


Three instructors from Objective Safety Travel:

  • Former senior officers
  • Trainers and operators from the British Special Forces
  • Front-line media professionals
  • Medical experts

Faculty member




21 - 23 Sep 2021



Schloss Hexenagger, Riedenburg, Germany

Registration Deadline

17 Sep 2021

Registration details


EUR 1,950/person

The price includes tuition, course materials, meals and coffee breaks, 2 nights at Schloss Hexenagger, transportation from and to Munich airport. It does not include the international flight.

Payment and cancellation policy


The participants will be accommodated in Hexenagger castle

Working languages


Additional details

Covid-19 safety measures
Due to the extraordinary circumstances, EBU Academy and Objective Travel Safety have taken extra security measures. Please find more information on the HEST Covid-19 risk reduction measures here.

Partners and Sponsors


Objective Safety Travel is our partner on all EBU Academy safety training courses

Contact detail

Nathalie Labourdette
Head of EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46