OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM) 

Every offshore oil and gas platform or drilling rig will have an emergency response team ready to react in the unfortunate event of an emergency situation.

OPITO have established specialist emergency response standards to ensure offshore emergency response teams respond safely and effectively.

Course Overview

OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM) training provides the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform the role of an OERTM.

The training programme involves intensive firefighting scenarios with real smoke and fire to prepare emergency response teams for real-life emergencies.

Course Objectives

Delegates completing an OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM) training course will be able to;

  • Select and operate the correct firefighting equipment and media to extinguish different types of fires and secure the area
  • Demonstrate breathing apparatus control board procedures
  • Identify and don the appropriate emergency response personal protective equipment (PPE) required for an OERTM
  • Operate, don and wearer check working duration breathing apparatus
  • Participate in a incident brief
  • Participate in a range of fire and non-fire related incidents under the direction of an offshore emergency response team leader (OERTL)
  • Correctly select and use portable firefighting equipment
  • Select, operate and flush foam firefighting equipment
  • Effectively communicate with OERTLs and OERTMs during an incident
  • Demonstrate key considerations and actions when entering and working in an incident area
  • Demonstrate correct search and rescue procedures and techniques
  • Demonstrate the correct steps involved in initial casualty assessment and recovery
  • Participate in a post-incident debrief

Course Content

An OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM) training course includes;

  1. Teamwork and communications
  2. Offshore emergency response arrangements
  3. Selection and operation of firefighting equipment
  4. Working duration breathing apparatus
  5. Incident response
  6. Search and rescue
  7. Casualty recovery
  8. Practical fire and non-fire related incidents


There are no prerequisites for an OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM) training course.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is delivered by Offshore Training Newcastle (OTN) at Newcastle International Airport Training Academy or Vital Fire Solutions at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre.

The OPITO standard for this course can be found here >>

You can also book an OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader (OERTL) at AIS Survivex >>