Essential Survival Training For All Cold Weather Environments

ETI's Cold Weather Survival Training programs have been designed to address the specific survival needs of people who work or travel in remote cold weather environments. The course explores the most important aspects of survival. Beginning with what happens during a survival emergency; the short term psychological stresses that play a role in decision making and panic, individual and group dynamics, Injuries and how they effect survival planning, and the effects of environmental conditions. But more importantly, the training emphasizes an organized approach to survival thinking, teaching the specific priorities of survival such as shelter, fire and heat, water, food, signaling, staying where you are, and when to go for help.

Information is also presented about different types of survival equipment and kits that should be carried, and how to use resources from a vehicle for survival purposes. Recognizing and protecting against extreme environmental effects such as hypothermia, and cold injuries are also an important part of the training. The course is packed with vital information and skills that anyone working in a cold environment will find valuable. The programs are taught using a fast moving interactive approach, with a combination of discussions, demonstrations, simulations and hands on participation. The majority of the program is hands on training in the field. The course is especially valuable to: electrical line crews, survey crews, oil and gas crews, telecommunications crews, communication techs, rescue teams, federal, state, and local highway transportation crews, snowcat operators, and others who are working in remote cold environments. The main concepts of the course are listed below:

General Survival Concepts

  • Anatomy of a survival situation
  • Psychology of survival
  • Survival leadership
  • Survival priorities
  • Planning vs Panic
  • Anticipating problems
  • The art of improvising

Man In A Cold Environment

  • Preparing for the unexpected cold weather emergency
  • Dressing for cold (the layering system)
  • layering for electrical linemen
  • Water requirements
  • Food and calorie requirements
  • Overview of cold injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Fires and heat
  • High-Tech heat production
  • Shelter concepts
  • Snow shelters
  • Using vehicles, aircraft, and equipment as tools for survival


  • When to travel
  • Land navigation
  • Avalanche Safety
  • Snow Safety Equipment
  • GPS
  • High-tech communications in a remote environment
  • Emergency locator devices


  • Traditional signaling basics
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Signaling workshop
  • Search and rescue for remote locations
  • Self-rescue

Survival Kits

  • Essential items
  • Personal kits
  • Snowcat and vehicle kits
  • Aircraft kits
  • Special applications

Organizational Safety Protocols

  • Developing a safety and communications plan
  • Production vs. safety
  • Pre-planning for emergencies
  • Organizing available resources(know before you go)

Course Format

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The standard Cold Weather Survival training program is a 24 hour course. The curriculum is presented over 3 consecutive days using a combination of classroom and field sessions. The majority of the program consist of hands on training in the field. Training scenarios are developed around the experience of the group and the available terrain. The course is an intense and challenging program, providing plenty of practical training opportunities for participants. The length and content of the training can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the participating organization.

Course Cost

Costs are variable depending upon the location, number of participants, and the services being provided. For a detailed training proposal contact our office.


Courses can be scheduled during the winter season in any location. Scheduling should be done well in advance. Contact our office for details.


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