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The course provides a specific training session for Helideck Emergency Team Leaders of offshore installations.

Theoretical aspects

Helideck emergency response capacity

Pre-planning of the emergency response

  • HLO HERTL role and responsibilities
  • Pre-planning of helideck emergency response
  • Main elements of an emergency response plan
  • How authorities get involved in emergencies on helicopters (Coastguard)


Possible emergency scenarios, HLO HERTL and HDA HERTM requisites:

  • Helicopter crash on 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 fire fighting 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

Emergency response requirements

  • Planning in case of helicopter emergencies on unmanned installations, with limited emergency response capacity:
  • Helicopter on deck
  • No helicopter on deck
  • It is important that the HLO reviews and updates the emergency response procedures (unattended installations)
  • 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


HLO HERTL roles and responsibilities

  • HLO role and responsibilities during a helicopter emergency
  • Deputy HLO
  • Briefing with the installation Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader- in case of assistance to the helideck emergency
  • Possible dangers during the emergency response: fire, electricity, helicopter materials, dangerous goods load, stabilizers activation
  • Specific PPE for HLO and HERTM
  • How different typologies of helicopters can influence on the emergency response
  • Operations with breathing apparatuses
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • Points to consider in case the helicopter must be secured to the helideck
  • Equipment and checks
  • Firefighting equipment
  • Environmental conditions and changes evaluation and their influence on the emergency response
  • Dynamic risks evaluation during the emergency response
  • Human factors effects on the emergency response (stress effects on decisions, recognition of stress)
  • How to keep calm if leading emergency operations
  • Ask for help if overwhelmed by the emergency situation
  • Effective communication with all the personnel involved in the emergency response
  • How to lead the team in a clear and decisive way
  • To lead the entry into the accident area, considering the emergency team safety
  • Effective distribution of roles
  • To obtain feedbacks on the plan progresses
  • HERMT stress recognition and management.
  • To supervise firefighting operations (including the extinction of a fire engine through CO2 extensible applicator)
  • How to react to a helideck fire on unattended installations (with limited firefighting equipment)
  • How to check the breathing apparatuses functions
  • Fixed and mobile firefighting system use
  • Dynamic evaluation of emergency risks
  • Spare emergency team use (briefing with the team leader)
  • Missing personnel and victim management:
  • priorities
  • number of missing people
  • injured people management


Practical sessions

  • Emergency entry and exit (on helicopter and on helideck)
  • To keep an 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)
  • 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 apparatuses checks
  • Use of breathing apparatuses
  • Helideck  Operations Initial training


  • Helidek Assistant Initial training


  • Helicopter landing officer and Helideck emergency response Team Member


  • Helideck emergency response Team Member  further

+  valid Radio operators  certificate  (only UK sector)

Next sessions:


  • monday 21 – tuesday 22 – wednesday 23 – thursday 24 (4 hours)


  • tuesday 02 – wednesday 03 – thursday 04 – friday 05 (4 hours)

MARCH 2021

  • tuesday 02 – wednesday 03 – thursday 04 – friday 05 (4 hours)

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Additional notes

Duration: 26 hours

Category: Offshore

Code: O12

Target Audience: Helideck emergency team leaders (offshore installations)

Validity: 2 years

Course Location: c/o APT Academy

Participants: Min 4, max 12

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