News organisations in conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan face much the same risks as military forces. Founded in 1995, Centurion Risk Assessment Services provides first aid and survival training for journalists and aid workers. Sessions are run by former Royal Marine commandos, either on site or at Centurion’s bases in Hampshire and Washington DC. Conflict situations are simulated using pyrotechnics and combat equipment, and briefings are given on topics such as how to handle blast injuries or a biological attack. The company also sells a range of survival equipment. Its sales have risen 65% a year from £694,000 in 2000 to £3.1m in 2003.
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