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OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM) Training for Offshore Personnel Appointed to the Role of HERTM

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The Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM) Training program equips Offshore Helideck emergency response personnel with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform an emergency response team member role in offshore helideck and helicopter emergencies.

The main objectives are for delegates to fully understand the role and responsibilities of a Helideck Emergency Response Team Member and practice responding to a variety of helideck firefighting and non-firefighting emergency scenarios in a training environment.


The target group for Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training program is personnel who are to be appointed to the role of the Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM). Training and competence assessment of OPITO approved Helideck Emergency Response Team Members (HERTMs) will comprise both onshore training and offshore workplace training and assessment.

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OPITO HERTM Training




Helideck Emergency Response Preparedness

Helicopter Emergency Response Preplanning

  • The role and key responsibilities of a HERTM.
  • The requirement for helicopter emergency response pre-planning.
  • The main elements of a helicopter emergency response plan.
  • Examples of emergency scenarios involving helicopter operations and typical response requirement of HERTM to the emergency
  • Events that may severely impact on flight safety
  • Helideck general firefighting safety goals and objectives and how to achieve them.
  • Offshore and onshore helicopter emergency response practice: Offshore drills and onshore fire and non-fire training practice.

Helideck and Helicopter Emergency Systems and Controls

  • Typical helideck fixed firefighting equipment and systems, to include foam producing equipment performance requirements
  • Deck Integrated Firefighting Systems (DIFFS)
  • Typical helideck mobile firefighting equipment and systems
  • Typical helideck rescue equipment
  • Helicopter emergency systems and controls that can be initiated by the HERTMs under the direction of the HERTL

NUI HERTM Emergency Response

NUI Emergency Response Requirements

  • Planning for emergencies on an NUI with limited emergency response capability
  • NUI Rescue, firefighting equipment and extinguishing media requirements.
  • Typical limited NUI accommodation - if personnel onboard NUI have to stay beyond expected duration.
  • First aid arrangements on NUI.
  • Evacuation from NUI if no helicopter is available.
  • Importance of understanding and following individual company procedures relating to NUI
  • Emergency response requirements

Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM)

HERTM Response in Helideck and Helicopter Emergencies

  • Human factors during emergency response
  • Potential aircraft hazards during the emergency response
  • Emergency Response PPE requirements for HERTM
  • How different helicopter types can affect the emergency response.
  • Emergency response arrangements.
  • Breathing apparatus operation and control procedures.
  • Search and rescue (SAR) principles and techniques - on or close to the helideck, following helicopter incident on helideck.
  • Relevant equipment and controls - helideck and helicopter
  • Firefighting equipment: guidance on when and where to use various media.
  • Monitoring of environmental conditions and how they may impact on the emergency response
  • Awareness and understanding of back up crew during protracted incident.

Practical Exercises for the HERTM

  • Emergency access and egress to and from helidecks including clear, concise and effective communications with HERTL and team members.
  • Updating HERTL on progress against the emergency response plan at appropriate times.
  • Responding appropriately to HERTL direction during emergencies including the correct selection of appropriate fire-fighting equipment for the incident.
  • Under direction from the HERTL: approaching the incident area in a controlled manner - continually assessing how the changes in the emergency could impact on the safety of other ERT members, maintaining a means of escape from the incident area.
  • Effective execution of emergency response tasks.
  • Conducting helicopter incident firefighting operations, to include responding to a helicopter engine fire using a CO2 media extended applicator.
  • Correct donning and use of breathing apparatus (BA) when instructed by HERTL (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.
  • Effective use of firefighting fixed, portable and mobile systems, including fixed fire monitors, dry chemical and CO2 fire extinguishment and control media
  • Responding to an NUI helideck fire (with limited firefighting equipment).
  • Working with back-up emergency response teams - where required to do so.
  • Correct casualty handling techniques.
  • Hose-running techniques and associated hazards

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

Last Updated: March 17, 2021