OPITO HLO Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HLO-HERTL) - 7017 Qatar International Safety Centre

Course details

This training is targeted at currently-appointed or candidate Helicopter Landing Officers (HLOs) that require OPITO-certified emergency response leader training in helicopter emergencies as part of their overall competence requirement.

Course Learning Outcomes

The delegate’s learning outcomes are set out below:

To successfully complete this programme, delegates must be able to:

  •  Define the role and key responsibilities of an HLO HERTL.
  • State the main elements of helideck emergency response plan.
  • Identify typical organisations involved in a helicopter emergency response.
  • Identify types of potential offshore helideck emergencies.
  • State the general firefighting safety goals and objectives.
  • Explain the purpose of typical helideck emergency systems and controls.
  • Explain the main differences between helideck emergency response on a main fixed or floating installation and a normally unattended installation (NUI). 
  • Define the key role of the HLO.
  • Communicate effectively with relevant emergency response personnel.
  • Lead the helideck emergency response team in a clear and confident manner.
  • When safe to do so, direct the HERT members to the incident area – continually assessing how the changes in the emergency could impact on the safety of the HERT members – dynamic risk assessment.
  • Give clear and concise instructions to HERT members during the emergency.
  • Effectively monitor BA control.
  • Control firefighting operations effectively.
  • Control the HERT during non-fire helideck incidents.  
  • Utilize the ER back-up team via the Team Leader – as required.
  • Effectively manage missing persons and casualties during the emergency.
  • Look for and respond accordingly to signs of stress in inpidual HERT members during the emergency.

Learning Outcomes 9 through 18 to be assessed during practical exercises.


Each delegate who is successful on OPITO HLO-HERTL training will receive an OPITO HLO-HERTL Certificate and be registered on the central register which is operated by OPITO.

About Qatar International Safety Centre

The Madina Group companies (consisting of Madina Group WLL, QISC, QIS and Severn Glocon Qatar) include ftheir of the many companies jointly owned by the Al Darwish Group (51%) and Interserve Plc (49%). Other Qatar-based companies owned by Al Darwish United Company WLL and Interserve Plc, include Gulf Contractiing Company WLL (GCC), Interspace, SpaceMaker, and How United Services.
Al Darwish United Company WLL is a leading business group in the State of Qatar. They own and/or sponsor a number of construction related companies with diverse roles throughout Qatar. These include Mechanical, Civil construction, Electrical, Reinforcement, Formwork, Material supply, Fire, Real Estate, etc.
Interserve Plc is one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. they offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services for society's infrastructure. Interserve is based in the UK. It has revenue of £1.9 billion and a workforce of 50,000 people worldwide.
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