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OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) Further (Refresher) Training for Offshore Personnel Appointed to the Role of HERTL

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Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) Further Training is designed for currently appointed OPITO-certified HERTLs that are required to revalidate their OPITO HERTL certification by refreshing and updating their knowledge and skills in aspects of their role that they cannot practice in the workplace.

The aim and objectives of the HERTL Further Training Program is to refresh elements of HERTL training that cannot be completed in the workplace and updating HERTLs on key changes to helicopter operations, systems, relevant legislation and regulation over the previous 2 years (approx.)

Medical requirements include - Possess a valid, current offshore medical certificate OR Possess an operator approved medical certificate AND Undergo medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO approved center.


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OPITO HERTL Refresher Training

HERTL Further Theory Training

  • Key parts of relevant helideck operations regulations and guidelines
  • The principles of helicopter emergency response

HERTL Further Practical Training in Emergency Response

  • Emergency access and egress to and from helidecks including clear, concise and effective communications with all relevant ER personnel.
  • Directing the helideck team in a clear and confident manner during emergencies including the correct selection of appropriate fire-fighting equipment for the incident.
  • Directing entry to the incident area in a controlled manner – continually assessing how the changes in the emergency could impact on the safety of the HERT members, maintaining a means of escape from the incident area.
  • Effective delegation of emergency response tasks to team members
  • Controlling helicopter incident firefighting operations, to include responding to a helicopter engine fire using a CO2 media extended applicator.
  • Ensure correct donning, use and monitoring of breathing apparatus (BA) of HERT members (all delegates to practice donning and using BA).
  • 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.
  • Appropriate response to non-firefighting operations during helicopter incident.
  • Ensuring effective use of firefighting fixed, portable and mobile systems, including fixed fire monitors, dry chemical and CO2 fire extinguishment and control media
  • Responding to a NUI helideck fire (with limited firefighting equipment).
  • Utilizing back-up ER Team via the Team Leader (this only requires briefing the back-up team leader)
  • Missing persons and casualty management
  • Hose-running techniques and associated hazards
  • Conducting dynamic risk assessment during the emergency situation and obtaining feedback against the plan
  • Continually monitoring human factors during emergency response

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check with OPITO for the latest and accurate information on training standards

Last Updated: March 19, 2021