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Emergency Response Training and Team Structure

Hughes Offshore Support Services’ (HOSS) Emergency Response Teams unique training programme provides an unrivaled skill-set to allow the individual team and members to handle any situation.

Team Structure

Teams each compromise of 3 members in total, Team Leader (IRATA L3) and two supporting team members. For 24 hour cover, a minimum of two teams run back-to-back – though for full site coverage, HOSS recommend a minimum of four teams to allow for vessel changeover, transit to-and-from the field etc. this allows for continued coverage for all services and on-site contractors.

Bespoke Training

All personnel will hold the following as a minimum:

Offshore Survival

Swift Water Rescue Technician

IRATA Industrial Climbing Qualification

High Risk Confined Space and Rescue (City & Guilds Accredited)

Immediate Emergency Care (Advanced) Trauma Care and Medical Care*

Immediate Emergency Care (Advanced) Trauma Care and Medical Care* – IEC is the most up to date and advanced medical course currently available to non-Healthcare Professionals. The qualification is formally re-assessed every three months by a Healthcare Professional (at very least PHTLS instructor and practicing clinician).

Maintaining High Standards

The course is overseen and guided by a clinical governance framework, spear-headed by Senior Consultants for Emergency Medicine and Care. The course itself contains all the trauma skills required to look after any patient in any condition that could reasonably be encountered within an offshore renewables’ environment – these include the following:

Basic Life Support

Suspension Trauma

Oxygen Therapy

Administration of Entonox

Basic and Advanced Airway Techniques and Circulation Preservation

Packaging and Evacuation


Advanced Immobilisation Techniques

C-Spine Immobilisation Techniques

Site Based Scenario Practice



Helicopter Procedures

Extremity Trauma

Falls from Height

Crush Injuries

Medical Complaints

Previous Experience

response-previous-experienceAll team members are recruited from a number of associated background; including Fire and Rescue Service, Military, Commercial Offshore Diving, Lifeboat Services and industrial Rope Access and Rescue.

This picture shows HOSS – ERT during an on-site training exercise.