OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader (OERTL)

OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader (OERTL) 3 day course to equip delegates with necessary knowledge and skills to perform the role of Emergency Response Team Leader effectively.

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This course is for personnel who are appointed to, or to be appointed to, the role of an Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader. The oil and gas industry recognises that a major objective is to prevent incidents occurring, and if they do occur to control them and minimise their effect. It is important therefore to set common standards in emergency response and to ensure that they are maintained. Before personnel can be assessed against the standards they will require the knowledge and skills to enable them to carry out the emergency response tasks involved. They will require emergency response training and practice before being assessed. The purpose of this Product is to set out the basic training, further practice and assessment requirements for Offshore Emergency Response Team Leaders which will be conducted at an onshore training centre. The learner should recognise that this is only part of a broader training programme. There will also be company and installation-specific emergency response training, most of which will be conducted offshore on a regular basis as offshore drills and exercises.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define the role and explain the key responsibilities of the Fire/Emergency Response Team Leader.
  • State the main priorities of the Fire/Emergency Response Team Leader.
  • Explain the purpose of site ER arrangements and procedures. 
  • Identify the typical elements of emergency response planning. 
  • Identify the emergency response PPE requirements for the OFERTL and the OFERTM.
  • Explain the purpose of setting priorities and objectives in response to an incident.
  • Explain the importance of monitoring environmental conditions during an incident.
  • Explain the importance of monitoring human factors during an incident.
  • Explain the reason for dynamic risk assessment during an emergency response
  • Learner tasks to the OFERT members effectively.
  • Communicate effectively with relevant emergency response personnel.
  • Give clear and concise instructions to the OFERT members during the emergency.
  • Lead the OFERT in a clear and confident manner.
  • When safe to do so, direct the OFERT members into the incident area – continually assessing how the changes in the emergency could impact on the safety of the OERT members.
  • Conduct dynamic risk assessments throughout the incident.
  • Look for and respond accordingly to signs of stress in individual OFERT members during the emergency.
  • Effectively monitor breathing apparatus (BA) control.
  • Lead the OFER team during non-fire incidents effectively.
  • Lead the OFER team during firefighting operations effectively.
  • Conduct missing persons and casualty management effectively during the emergency.


  • Delegates attending this course must possess a valid Offshore Emergency Response Team Member Training (OERTM) certificate.
  • Due to certain aspects of the course being physically demanding and potentially 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


On successful completion of the training programme delegates will be issued with an OPITO approved certificate and entered onto OPITO’s Central register. Validity 2 years.


2 years

Who is this course for?

Learders of the OER team


£1600 excl. VAT

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