Objectives

To achieve a level of competence to act as a Fire Team member on an offshore installation.

Contents

  • Role of emergency response member
  • Offshore fire arrangements
  • Incident planning and monitoring activities
  • Offshore fixed fire fighting systems
  • Operations on non fire incidents
  • Preparing to enter incident area
  • Gaining access to incident area
  • Locating missing personnel
  • Handling and removing casualties
  • Selecting and using portable fire fighting equipment
  • Selecting and operating flushing foam equipment
  • Extinguish a fire and secure area
  • Conducting and controlling breathing apparatus operations
  • Minimizing damage to property
  • Communications

BA procedures

How to carry out the safety procedures and practices necessary to maximise safety, when breathing apparatus is brought in to operation.

Set familiarization and maintenance

an introduction to the working and routine testing and maintenance of  a full duration breathing apparatus set, and an escape set.

Various conditions exercise

an opportunity to experience in safety, the different conditions and problems likely to be encountered, whilst wearing breathing apparatus.

Contents

Fire fighter safety – Advice and discussion on the problems associated with ‘tunnel vision’ at emergency incidents.  Video presentation of such incidents.  A summary of the necessary words of command etc. to be used on the fire ground.

Hose and foam drills – an opportunity to practice the skills of hose handling, branch holding, pump operation, together with the use of foam fire fighting equipment on liquid fires.

Casualty handling – a demonstration of the various stretchers and rescue equipment likely to be used, with advice on the handling of unconscious casualties by rescue teams.

Fire extinguisher practical session – hands-on use of various fire extinguishers on all types of fires.

LPG gas demonstration – the properties and hazards of LPGs (propane and butane) are graphically demonstrated, together with mini BLEVEs. Use of techniques to control leaks, fight liquid/gas fires etc.

Heat and humidity theory – input on the dangers of working in hot and humid atmosphere and advice on how to recognise they physical warning signs, in themselves and in others.

Team work and communications – a  theory session to highlight the elements of teamwork, as applied to emergency response situations.  A reminder of the need for effective communications during an incident, and an explanation of how to achieve this.

Valve isolation and fire fighting – an opportunity to put into practice the team work and fire fighting techniques described, to tackle pressurizes gas and liquid leaks, involved in fire.

BA exercises – full duration BA sets are used to familiarize students with working in conditions of heat, smoke and darkness, developing skills in search and rescue techniques and fire fighting.  Exercises allow students to progress through the combination of the required skills.

Presentation – Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and realistic practical exercises with interactive debriefs.