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The course provides the heliport emergency team operating on offshore installation with a specific training session.

Theoretical aspects

Helideck emergency response capacity

Planning of the emergency response

  • HDA HERTM role and key responsibilities
  • Request of emergency response pre-planning
  • Main elements of an emergency response plan
  • Possible emergency scenarios, HLO HERTL and HDA HERTM requisites:
  • Helicopter crash on a deck
  • Engine fire
  • Fire on an offshore installation or boats
  • Fire during helicopter refuelling
  • Fuel fires
  • Emergency landing on helideck
  • Attempted landing without landing gear
  • Evacuation and emergency procedures to be followed on the helicopter (medical evacuation)
  • Use of helicopter for overboard man rescue
  • Events which can have a strong effect on flights safety
  • Fuel contamination
  • Blocked /obstructed Helideck
  • Landing on the wrong deck or installation
  • Installation or boat state changes (MODU) when the helicopter is on a deck
  • General objectives for firefighting safety on helidecks and how to achieve them
  • Offshore training and onshore training (with and without fire)

Emergency and control systems on helidecks and on helicopters

  • Firefighting equipment and fixed systems on helideck and foam equipment performance requirements
  • Rapid foam production
  • Reliability – recurrent tests
  • roofing
  • Foam quality
  • Deck integrated firefighting systems
  • Mobile firefighting equipment on helideck
  • Minimal rescue equipment on helidecks (international guidelines)
  • Helicopter emergency systems and check that can be undertaken by HLO, HDA and HERTM
  • Engine switch-off
  • Fuel isolation
  • Fixed firefighting systems and protection systems

HLO emergency response on unmanned installations

Emergency response requirements

  • Planning in case of helicopter emergencies on unmanned installations, with limited emergency response capacity:
  • Helicopter on deck
  • No helicopter on deck
  • Firefighting and rescue equipment requirements, extinguishing means requirements on unattended installations
  • Limited accommodations on unattended installations, if the personnel must stay for longer than expected
  • First aid material positioning on unattended installations
  • Considering evacuation from unattended installations in case helicopters are not available

HDA: Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM)

HDA HERTM helideck and helicopter emergency response

  • Human factors effects during the emergency response (stress, physical exhaustion)
  • Possible dangers: fire, electricity, helicopter materials
  • Specific PPE
  • How different typologies of helicopters can influence the emergency response
  • Emergency response dispositions
  • Operations with breathing apparatuses and checks procedures
  • Search and rescue effective techniques -after accident on helideck
  • Equipment and checks (helideck and helicopter)
  • Firefighting equipment: guide to know when and where using the different extinguishing means
  • Environmental conditions monitoring and their influence on the emergency response
  • Ask for help if overwhelmed by the emergency situation
  • Techniques to keep calm during emergency response
  • Effective communication with HLO and Team members- clear instructions
  • Giving the HLO information about emergency response plan and its evolution
  • How to correctly answer to the HLO instructions
  • Following HLO instructions: approaching to the accident area and controlling if changes could influence the safety of other team members
  • Tasks execution during the emergency response
  • To manage the firefighting operation after the accident (including the reaction to an engine fire with use of extensible CO2 applicator)
  • Correct use of self-contained breathing apparatus (If HLO suggests it)
  • Search and rescue effective techniques
  • Adequate response to a helicopter emergency with no fire
  • Effective use of mobile and fixed firefighting installation
  • How to react to a helideck fire on unattended installations
  • Work with the spare emergency team when required
  • Correct technique to manage an injured person

Practical session

Practical exercises (emergency response)

  • Emergency entry and exit (on helicopter and on helideck)
  • To keep the escape route from the accident area
  • Emergency response (no fire)
  • Firefighting equipment choice according to the type of accident
  • Use of firefighting fixed monitors
  • Use of mobile and portable firefighting equipment (including fire extinguishers)
  • To keep the escape route
  • Response to Class A fires caused by helicopter accidents
  • Response to Class B fires caused by helicopter accidents
  • How to unroll hoses and consequent dangers
  • Localisation, extrication and management of missing person and victim after a helicopter accident on helideck
  • Breathing apparatus checks
  • Use of breathing apparatuses
  • A valid OPITO Helideck Operations Initial Training Certificate or a valid Offshore Helideck Assistant (HDA) Initial Training Certificate or a valid Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) Training Certificate


  • A valid OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader Training Certificate


  • A valid OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader further Training Certificate

Next sessions:


  • monday 14 – tuesday 15 – wednesday 16 – thursday 17 (4 hours)


  • monday 25 – tuesday 26 – wednesday 27 – thursday 28 (4 hours)


  • tuesday 23 – wednesday 24 – thursday 25 – friday 26 (4 hours)

MARCH 2021

  • monday 22 – tuesday 23 – wednesday 24 – thursday 25 (4 hours)

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Additional notes

Duration: 26 hours

Category: Offshore

Code: O09

Target Audience: Helideck emergency team members

Validity: 2 years

Course Location: c/o APT Academy

Participants: Min 4, max 12

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