Hostile Environment Risk Management
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A large multinational corporation needed to continue its operations in Algeria during the country’s ‘décennie noir’, or ‘black decade’ - a period of extreme violence and political uncertainty lasting from 1991 to 2002. Consultants in key risk management roles were tasked with providing comprehensive security management support, including: development of SOPs and EOPs for the corporation’s in-country headquarters; a training programme for local national guards; and a full crisis-management and evacuation programme. This enabled the company’s business to continue safely and securely under extremely challenging conditions.

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A major O&G Services company with operations in Iraq was contracted to support both commercial and governmental contracts in very high threat areas of the country. Robust protective security detail protocols were planned and implemented, enabling the company’s personnel to deploy to the most remote locations as securely as possible.

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A large US-based news network with a bureau in Pakistan was concerned by the potential threat to its expatriate personnel, and the lack of preparedness of its local national guardforce. A full review of the guardforce was carried out, and the bureau’s existing physical and technical security infrastructure assessed to determine the criticality of the guardforce. This process led to recommendations for sweeping changes to the guards’ training, SOPs and issued equipment – providing robust and effective protection to the bureau and its personnel.

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A major international corporation with significant operations in Libya determined to evacuate its key personnel during the Revolution in 2011. Commercial air operations to and from the country had ceased, and the only option was air charter. Due to the severity of the situation many charter carriers were already contracted to other evacuation missions; however strong connections within the charter industry located a carrier able to respond, and an evacuation mission was flown in support of the corporation’s personnel trapped in Libya.

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A defence manufacturer with several employees and their dependents resident in Bahrain required urgent assistance in March 2011, as civil unrest spiralled out of control, and the Saudi Armed Forces moved into the Kingdom of Bahrain to suppress widespread rioting. On-going monitoring indicated increasing levels of threat to the company’s employees in Bahrain, and an evacuation was requested. Building on pre-existing evacuation plans a team of consultants recovered all at-risk personnel and evacuated them by air from Bahrain’s international airport.

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A large infrastructure contractor in Afghanistan sustained several severe casualties resulting from an industrial accident. Injured personnel were triaged on site and evacuated to a Role 3 medical facility in Kabul, where they were stabilised for onward medical evacuation from theatre. Following a medical evacuation flight to Role 4 treatment facilities in Europe, all casualties survived the incident.

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