OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM)

This is training for members of the designated emergency response teams in offshore installations.

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Detailed training in response to fire and other emergencies within an offshore installation for those team members who will be part of the Offshore Emergency response team.


Learning Objectives

  • The role and key responsibilities of the Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM)
  • Factors which may affect the safety of the OER team and individual team members
  • Typical communication hierarchy and processes used during an incident
  • Typical communication methods and their limitations
  • Typical offshore emergency response arrangements
  • Hazards, hazard recognition and mitigation associated with typical fire and non-fire incidents
  • The key elements of incident planning and progress monitoring 
  • The purpose, operation, performance and limitations of typical fixed fire-fighting systems used offshore
  • Typical OER team mobilisation procedures
  • The key elements included in an incident brief Delegate must be able to demonstrate:
  • How to select and operate the correct firefighting equipment and media to extinguish different types of fires
  • Breathing apparatus control board procedures
  • How to identify and don the appropriate emergency response PPE required for the OER team member
  • The operation, donning and wearer checks of working duration breathing apparatus
  • Participation in an incident brief
  • Participation as an OER team member in a specified range of fire and non-fire related incidents under the direction of the Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader (OERTL) following safe working practices and procedures
  • Selection and use of correct portable fire-fighting equipment 
  • Selection, operation and flushing of foam firefighting equipment 
  • Extinguishing of different types of fire and securing the area 
  • Effective communication with OERTL and OER team members during an incident
  • The key considerations and actions whilst entering and working in the incident area
  • Correct search and rescue procedures and techniques
  • The correct steps involved in initial casualty assessment and recovery
  • Participation in a post-incident debrief.



Issuing Authority



2 years

Who is this course for?

Members of the OER Team


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