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UK-based Maersk Training has introduced two new offshore emergency courses, which will be delivered using a newly built helicopter simulator and helideck.

The courses OPITO helideck emergency response team member training (HERTM) and the OPITO 6-day combined helideck and team member training are expected to start this month at the company’s training centre in the north-east of Scotland.

In 2013, Maersk Training in Aberdeen built a new dual helicopter, which can simulate Sikorsky S92 and Eurocopter 225 types of aircraft simulator, and 144m² helideck fire ground to support the courses.

According to the company, the aircraft has the ability to simulate engine and rotor head fires along with sponson, pressure fuel and running fuel fires, while the fixture with a unique construction system can change the inner configuration.

"A solid knowledge of all procedures associated with the helideck and helicopter landing is offered through the course, which also gives delegates the opportunity to gain general understanding of emergency response procedures on an offshore installation."

The helideck contains two purpose built heliwells (3m x 2m) fitted with monitors and hydrant heads, which have the ability to cross ark, providing complete deck coverage of aqueous film forming foam.

The HERTM course, which is delivered across four days, is taught and assessed by fully operational fire-fighters and includes a combination of theoretical and practical elements, which give an accurate and realistic picture of what is expected of emergency response teams.

A solid knowledge of all procedures associated with the helideck and helicopter landing is offered through the course, which also gives delegates the opportunity to gain general understanding of emergency response procedures on an offshore installation.

Maersk Training operations manager and lead instructor for the HERTM course Adrian Barron said: "Throughout the course, delegates are introduced to the helideck emergency response planning, system and controls, personal protective equipment and any potential hazards during emergency response.

"They will be taught to efficiently extinguish any helideck associated fires, search and rescue of potential casualties, and communicate effectively with the helideck landing officer (HLO) and the rest of the team."

Delegates also gain knowledge on the correct procedure to be followed in case they need to assist the offshore emergency response team at any point in the event of an incident.

With the OPITO 6-day combined helideck and team member training course they can gain the knowledge and understanding necessary for both a helideck assistant (HDA HERTM) and an offshore emergency response team member (OERTM).


Image: Maersk built a new dual helicopter and helideck fire ground to support the offshore training courses. Photo: courtesy of Maersk Training.

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