Larger rigs will have dedicated emergency response and medical teams whereas for most installations these roles will be in addition to your main role. In the event of an emergency you will follow well-practiced procedures.

Emergency Response teams are on standby 24/7 and particularly during helicopter movements. You will operate as part of a team, with another team taking the alternate 12 hour shift.

Salary and Progression

Your salary will start from £25,000-£30,000 depending on your role and experience. If you arrive with a high level of qualifications or gain significant offshore experience your salary will be considerably more.

In emergency response terms you will start as a member of the offshore emergency response team or helideck team. This role can grow to become a team leader or emergency response manager.

Training and Experience Requirements

A role as an offshore firefighter can be done in addition to your existing role with an OPITO HERTM (Helideck Emergency Response Team Member) or OERTM (Offshore Emergency Response Team Member) you can gain further qualifications to become a Team Leader with HERTL and OERTL certificates. Medical certificates will also be necessary with Advanced First Aid or Incident Management certificates.

In addition, to work offshore at all, you will require valid basic offshore certificates including:

  • MIST
  • CA-EBS
  • Shoulder Measurements
  • Offshore Medical

It is likely that an employer will ask for other certificates too. It’s always a good idea to look at a range of job posts to identify commonly requested training requirements.