Journalist Safety Contacts

Security Training Courses

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  • AKE Ltd. (, which stands for awareness, knowledge, and excellence, is run and taught by former British military personnel, including former U.K. Special Forces. AKE offers a variety of courses in the United Kingdom, as well as comprehensive training programs specifically for journalists.
    AKE Limited
    Mortimer House
    Holmer Road
    Hereford HR4 9TA
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 1432-267111
    Fax: +44 (0) 1432-350277
    E-mail: [email protected]
    1825 I Street, NW, Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20006
    United States
    Tel: 202-974-6556
  • Bruhn NewTech Group ( specializes in chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare hazards. Taught by former British Royal Air Force personnel, Bruhn offers courses in the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, and other nations, including biochemical courses designed specifically for journalists. The training includes the detection of biological and chemical agents, along with first-aid procedures to treat people exposed to them.
    Bruhn NewTech A/S
    Gladsaxevej 402
    DK-2860 Søborg
    Tel: +45 3955-8000
    Fax: +45 3955 8080
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:
    Bruhn NewTech Ltd.
    1 Allenby Road
    Winterbourne Gunner
    Wiltshire SP4 6HZ
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 1980-611-776
    Fax: +44 (0) 1980-611-330
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:
    Bruhn NewTech Inc.
    10420 Little Patuxent Parkway
    Suite 301
    Columbia, MD 21044-3636
    United States
    Tel: 410-844-1700
    Fax: 410-844-6171
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:
  • Centurion Risk Assessment Services Ltd. ( is run and taught by former British Royal Marine commandos. This firm offers a number of programs designed specifically for journalists. Their five-day course was the first of its kind to be offered in the United States, and it teaches hostile-environment awareness, along with emergency first aid. Other courses are offered more regularly in the United Kingdom. Centurion also has classes in self-protection from chemical and biological warfare.
    Centurion Risk Assessment Services Ltd.
    P.O. Box 1740
    Hants SP11 7PE
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 1264-355255 or +44 (0) 7000-221221
    Fax: +44 (0) 1264-355322 or +44 (0) 7000-221222
    E-mail: [email protected]
  • Objective Team Ltd. ( is run by former British intelligence officers and offers classes only in the United Kingdom. The firm has a highly comprehensive three-day course that covers chemical, biological, and nuclear training.
    Objective Team Ltd.
    North Hampshire
    Brag Borough Lodge Farm
    Braunston NN1 7HA
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 1-788-899-029
    Fax: +44 (0) 1-788-891-259
  • Pilgrims Group ( is run and taught by former British military personnel. This firm, which is based in the United Kingdom, now offers courses in the United States. Pilgrims Group classes teach environmental awareness and emergency first aid. The company also offers courses in biochemical warfare preparation for journalists.
    Pilgrims Group
    Pilgrims House
    P.O. Box 769
    Surrey GU21 5EU
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 1932-339-187
    Fax: +44 (0) 1932-336-330
    E-mail: [email protected]
  • Praetorian International ( is run and taught by former U.S. Special Operations personnel. This firm, which is based in Delaware, recently announced that it offers training for journalists.
    Praetorian International
    406 Suburban Drive, #151
    Newark, DE 19711
    United States
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Safehouse Security Training Inc. ( is run and taught by former U.S. Army Special Forces personnel. This firm, which is based in California, began offering special courses for journalists in 2002.
    Safehouse Security Training Inc.
    10221 Slater Avenue, Suite 112
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    United States
    Tel: 714-968-0088
    Fax: 714-968-3040
    E-mail: [email protected]

  • Travel Advisory Group Inc. ( is run and taught by former U.S. Navy Special Forces personnel. This firm, which is based in Virginia, began offering special courses for journalists in 2002.
    Travel Advisory Group Inc.
    2208 Volunteer Trail
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456
    United States
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Protective Gear Companies

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    Bullet Proof Me
    6705 Highway 290 West, Suite 502
    Austin, TX 78735
    United States
    Tel: 800-374-7029
    Tel: 512-647-7417
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    NP Aerospace
    4031 N.E. 12th Terrace
    437 Foleshill Road
    Coventry CV6 FAQ
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 1203-638464
    Fax: +44 (0) 1203-687313
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    Point Blank Armor
    Oakland Park, FL 33334
    United States
    Tel: 800-413-5155
    Tel: 954-630-0900
    Fax: 954-630-9225
    E-mail: [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Web site:

    9, rue de Lens
    92000 Nanterre
    Tel: + 33 (0) 147-81-95-21
    Fax: + 33 (0) 146-49-95-26
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    T.G. Faust Inc.
    544 Minor Street
    Reading, PA 19602
    United States
    Tel: 800-407-8373
    Tel: 610-375-8549
    Fax: 610-375-4488
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    Vest Guard
    42 Burdett Avenue
    Essex SSO 7JW
    United Kingdom
    Tel: + 44 (0) 1702 346660
    Fax: + 44 (0) 1702 344059
    E-mail: [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Web site:

    Armored Vehicle Companies

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    Alpine Armoring Inc.
    503 Carlise Drive
    Herndon, VA 20170
    United States
    Tel: 703-471-0002
    Fax: 703-471-0202

    Armet Armored Vehicles
    12600 Belcher Road
    South Largo, FL 33773
    United States
    Tel: 727-535-3359
    Fax: 727-530-9519
    Web site:

  • Note: Armet Armored Vehicles has offices in Argentina, Canada, India, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

    Ballistica Inc.
    1363 Paul Villasenor
    San Bernardino, CA 92408
    United States
    Tel: 909-382-6047
    Web site:

    International Armoring Corporation
    2335 Lincoln Avenue
    Ogden, UT
    United States
    Tel: 801-393-1075 Fax: 801-393-1078
    Web site:

    O’Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt
    9113 Le Saint Drive
    Fairfield, OH 45014
    United States
    Tel: 513-881-9800
    Tel: 800-697-0307
    Fax: 513-874-2558

    S. MacNeillie & Son Limited
    Stockton Close Walsall
    West Midlands WS2 8LD
    United Kingdom
    Tel: + 44 (0) 1922 725560
    Fax: + 44 (0) 1922 720916

    Texas Armoring Corporation
    4728 Cotton Belt Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78219
    United States
    Tel: 210-666-3344
    Fax: 210-666-3330

    Health Insurance

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    Griffith & Armour Ltd.
    19 Water Street
    Liverpool L2 0RL
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 151-236-5656
    Fax: +44 (0) 151-227-2216
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    Oregon Health Insurance-Independent Health Insurance Agents
    P.O. Box 16382
    Portland, OR 97292
    United States
    Tel: 503-231-6399
    Tel: 800-426-9544

    Peterson International Underwriters
    23929 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 215
    Valencia, CA 91355
    United States
    Tel: 661-254-0006
    Tel: 800-345-8816
    Fax: 661-254-0604

    Insurance Brokers and Firms
    Crisis Insurance
    West Midlands Brokers Ltd.
    4A St. Nicolas Street
    Hereford HR4 OBG
    United Kingdom
    Tel: + 44 (0) 1432-268301 or + 44 (0) 1432-266133
    Fax: + 44 (0) 1432-355235
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    Insurance Consultants International
    308 Epps
    Tomball, TX 77375
    United States
    Tel: 281-516-3633
    Tel: 800-576-2674
    Fax: 832-201-7553
    Craig Robinson, Managing General Agent
    E-mail: [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Web site:

    Insurance Services of America
    P.O. Box 1617
    Chandler, AZ 85244
    United States
    Tel. 480-821-9052
    Tel. 800-647-4589
    Fax: 480-821-9297
    Marcus Sneed
    E-mail: [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Web site:

    International Medical Group Inc.
    407 Fulton Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    United States
    Tel. 317-655-4536
    Tel. 800-628-4664 (toll free from within the U.S. only)
    Fax: 317-655-4505
    Steven A. McFarland, Director of Group Benefits
    E-mail: [email protected]
    IMG Europe Ltd. VW2
    Maritime House Basin Road
    North Hove, East Sussex, BN41 1WR
    United Kingdom
    Tel. + 44 (0) 127-338-4926
    Fax: + 44 (0) 127-338-4934
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    Marcus Hearn & Co. Ltd.
    Marcus Hearn House
    65-66 Shoreditch High Street
    London E1 6JL
    United Kingdom
    Tel. + 44 (0) 20-7739-3444
    Fax: + 44 (0) 20-7256-0460
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:

    Media & Entertainment Insurance Service
    49 Glanville Road
    Bromley Kent BR2 9LN
    United Kingdom
    Tel. + 44 (0) 20-8460-4498
    Fax: + 44 (0) 20-8460-6064
    Paul Cable
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Multinational Underwriters Inc.
    107 S. Pennsylvania Street
    Suite 402
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    United States
    Tel. 317-262-2132
    Tel. 800-605-2282
    Fax: 317-262-2140
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web site:


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    International SOS Pte Ltd.
    331 North Bridge Road #17-00
    Odeon Towers
    Singapore 188720
    Tel: +(65) 6338-2311
    Fax: +(65) 6338-7611
    Alarm Center: +(65) 6338-7800
    International SOS also has offices worldwide. Specific numbers are posted at
    Web site:

    Maitrex International (provides Medevac services in Asia only)
    Suite 1901
    Shun Kwong Commercial Building
    8 Des Voeux Road
    West Hong Kong
    Tel: +(852) 2803-7704
    Fax: +(852) 2803-7156

    Worldwide Assistance Services Inc.
    1133 15th Street, NW, Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20005
    Tel: 202-659-7775
    Tel: 800-777-8710
    Fax: 202-828-5892
    Worldwide Assistance Services also has offices around the world, including a representative in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Hot Spot Updates

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  • International Crisis Group is a nongovernmental organization with offices in Brussels, Paris, London, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • Extensive military information relevant to journalists is available from the Federation of American Scientists and Global Security.
  • Journalists may also consult the U.S. State Department Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets.