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Emergency Response Training in Russia and Iraq


Lukoil Overseas Baltic Ltd operates a number of oilfields including the concession in West Qurna II in Southern Iraq. In 2014, the IOC required a number of local nationals to be trained in Emergency Response Services at the oil field concession, and surrounding area. These personnel would be the point of contact for any emergency on the field.


Stirling Group is carrying out four courses, with approximately ten trainees per course, over a period of two years. Training is in two phases, with the first conducted in Astrakhan, Russia, and second on site at West Qurna II. Stirling Group provides instructors with over 25 years’ experience in the UK Fire and Rescue Services to both training centres.

Phase 1 includes:

  • basic training at OPITO approved Corporative Training Centre in Astrakhan
  • JOIFF internationally accredited 12-week course
  • in-depth theoretical and practical training on all elements of responding to emergencies on Oil and Gas concessions
  • modules include firefighting PPE and RPE Requirements and limitations, fire-fighter safety, prevention and basic industrial firefighting, extinguishers, fire watch in hydrocarbon production facilities, building construction, ventilation, forcible entry, salvage and overhaul
  • practical knowledge, skills and abilities to handle equipment
  • modules covering chemistry of combustion, hydraulics, pumps and primers, hoses and hose management, primary and secondary medias, fuels, fire behaviour with flashover/backdraft, ladders, knots and lines, and incident command system

Phase 2 includes:

  • two weeks at LUKOIL Emergency Response Centre at West Qurna II in Basra
  • familiarisation and practical adaptation training on ERS equipment used on the oil concession
  • knowledge, skills and behaviour to competently deal with self-contained breathing apparatus, hazardous materials awareness/operations/decontamination, road traffic collision (RTC) rescue techniques and equipment, oil spill response and clean-up, confined space and high angle rope rescue, and authorised gas tester


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