Fire Fighting & Helideck Operations

OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM)

OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM)

Course Overview

OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM) training provides the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform the role of an OERTM. The training programme involves intensive firefighting scenarios with real smoke and fire to prepare emergency response teams for real-life emergencies.


No Prerequisites Required

There are no prerequisites for OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM)

Course Structure

Offshore Emergency Response arrangements including the role of the Emergency Response Team Member;
- Incident planning and incident monitoring activities
- Operation of fixed fire systems including extinguishing a fire and or securing an area
- Emergency response team operations when dealing with non-fire incidents
- Preparing to enter and gaining access to the incident area using best working practices and procedures
- Locating missing personnel and handling and removing casualties
- Selecting and using portable firefighting equipment
- Selecting, operating and flushing foam firefighting equipment
- Conducting and controlling breathing apparatus operations
- Minimising damage to property and maintaining communications

Course Content

Delegates completing this training course will be able to;
- Select and operate the correct firefighting equipment and media to extinguish different types of fires and secure the area
- Demonstrate breathing apparatus control board procedures
- Identify and don the appropriate emergency response personal protective equipment (PPE) required for an OERTM
- Operate, don and wearer check working duration breathing apparatus
- Participate in a incident brief
- Participate in a range of fire and non-fire related incidents under the direction of an offshore emergency response team leader (OERTL)
- Correctly select and use portable firefighting equipment
- Select, operate and flush foam firefighting equipment
- Effectively communicate with OERTLs and OERTMs during an incident
- Demonstrate key considerations and actions when entering and working in an incident area
- Demonstrate correct search and rescue procedures and techniques
- Demonstrate the correct steps involved in initial casualty assessment and recovery
- Participate in a post-incident debrief

More information

  • Certification: An OPITO certificate will be issued upon successful course completion.
  • Certificate validity (months): 24
  • Target audience: Personnel who are working offshore.
  • Revalidation: The course must be revalidated every 2 years.
  • Items to bring: Government Issued Photographic ID eg Driver Licence or Passport.
  • Health prerequisites: Due to certain aspects of the course being potentially physically demanding and/or stressful, delegates will be required to confirm their medical fitness & physical ability to participate on this course by completing our centre medical self-screening form prior to course commencement.

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