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Combined Helideck & Fire/Emergency Response Team Member Further Training

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Combined Helideck & Fire/Emergency Response Team Member Further Training


The aim and objectives of the OERTM Further Training are to allow Offshore Emergency Response Team Member delegates to practise and be assessed on live fire exercises which they would not be able to conduct in the workplace.

The aim of this HERTM Further Training Programme is to give HERTM’s the opportunity to practice and maintain the skills required when dealing with helicopter emergency response situations or incidents as members of an Offshore Helideck Emergency Response Team, in aspects of their role which they cannot reasonably practise offshore.

Target Group

The target group for the OERTM Further Training are existing offshore emergency team members that are required to revalidate their OPITO OERTM certification by completing training scenarios which they are unable undertake offshore & for currently-appointed OPITO-certified HERTMs that are required to revalidate their OPITO HERTM certification by refreshing and updating their knowledge and skills in aspects of their role that they cannot practice in the workplace


Delegates must possess the following:
a valid OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member certificate or valid OPITO OERTM Further Training certificate and:
a valid OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training Certificate OR valid OPITO HERTM Further Training Certificate.


Once successfully assessed as competent against the criteria in both OPITO Standards, delegates will be awarded 2 seperate OPITO approved Certificates - OPITO OERTM Further Training certificate & OPITO HERTM Further Training Certificate.

Both certificates are valid for two years

Course Contents

1. Entering and working in the fire incident area using safe working practices and site-specific procedures
2. Locating and recovering casualties
3. Appropriate selection and use portable firefighting equipment to extinguish fires
4. Extinguishing a fire and/or securing an area
5. Conducting breathing apparatus operations during incidents
6. Responding to a confined space incident
7. Responding to an incident involving personnel working at height
8. Maintaining effective communications.

(1) Emergency access and egress to and from helidecks including clear, concise and effective communications with HERTL and team members.
(2) Updating HERTL on progress against the emergency response plan at appropriate times.
(3) Responding appropriately to HERTL direction during emergencies including the correct selection of appropriate fire-fighting equipment for the incident.
(4) Under direction from the HERTL: approaching the incident area in a controlled manner – continually assessing how the changes in the emergency could impact on the safety of other ERT members, maintaining a means of escape from the incident area.
(5) Effective execution of emergency response tasks.
(6) Conducting helicopter incident firefighting operations, to include responding to a helicopter engine fire using a CO2 media extended applicator.
(7) Correct donning and use of breathing apparatus (BA) when instructed by HERTL
(8) Effective Search and rescue (SAR) principles and techniques – on or close to the helideck, locating, extracting and handling missing personnel and casualties following a helicopter incident on the helideck.
(9) Appropriate response to non-firefighting operations during helicopter incident.
(10) Effective use of firefighting fixed, portable and mobile systems, including fixed fire monitors, dry chemical and CO2 fire extinguishment and control media
(11) Responding to an NUI helideck fire (with limited firefighting equipment).
(12) Working with back-up emergency response teams
(13) Correct casualty handling techniques.
(14) Hose-running techniques and associated hazards

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Health, Safety and Administration Fee

Applicable in: Aberdeen

GBP 10.50

Excluding tax