You should contact the Rory Peck Trust here in the UK
It’s one of the Worlds best sources for advice on journalist safety and media training, specifically in hostile regions of the World – which may not necessarily mean armed conflict…for example, I’d say the Pakistan earthquake area is looking pretty hostile at present, with disease risk and torrential rain.
One of the things I’d like to highlight is concerning fixers etc. I think we need to be mindful that very often, photographers and journos use fixers who don’t have the relative luxury of leaving the area when the assignment is done.
We should be aware of our ethical responsibility to them as ‘fellow travellers’ with us on the assignment, which goes beyond just paying them a decent dayrate.
So for example – if you need to be strapping on the Kevlar…make sure the fixer has a vest too. Drivers need feeding and decent rest while they’re shuttling you up and down terrible roads. And make sure you have medical stuff for everyone.
My fixer got hit by a car once in Albania…nothing too serious, I had a first aid kit so it was all OK. But the incident gave me a scare because I realised if it had been worse, I’d have been out of my depth and would have failed in my responsibility to the guy.
So I obtained hostile environment first aid training via the Rory Peck Trust.
I’m sure they would be happy to give you advice on setting up your valuable course in Canada.
13 Oct 2005 03:10