Fired up by safety training
Published: 11 May 2016
Name: Andy Gettings
Job title: Fire instructor
My busy work day begins at 8.30am and one of the first things I do when I arrive is go through the course schedule with the other instructors.
We have nine training modules at the Montrose site and can have up to six courses running in a one day – so there can be a high volume of people using the facilities at any one time. There’s a real buzz about the place when we’re all working together to provide the best possible training for our delegates.
My mornings vary depending on which courses are running but generally tend to begin with the theory element of training. People on our courses then practise what they’ve learned later in the day – that’s when we really step up the pace.
After a jam-packed morning, I’ll spend lunch in the canteen mixing with people taking part in our courses and members of staff. It’s good to be able to reflect on how the day is going with the other instructors before we begin the afternoon’s hands-on training.
For me, it’s so important that delegates get real experience extinguishing fires for themselves, as they could be the person responding to an emergency situation in their own working environment.
We have some of the best training facilities in the country with replicas of helidecks, process areas and accommodation blocks. I love taking delegates through the modules step-by-step and we’re always on hand to make sure everyone feels comfortable during the exercises. I think delegates get the most out of our training by learning in this way.
Our company-specific, integrated fire training courses are great to work on, as they involve an entire team. Everyone really pulls together during these exercises as the offshore installation manager leads the response from our Major Emergency Management simulators suites, while others respond to the incident on the fire ground.
Personally, I get a lot from these courses as they’re exciting, challenging and get everyone involved.
Being an instructor is a physically demanding job with all the practical elements of training that we do.
My down time is important to me and I enjoy socialising with friends and family. We’re a close group here at Montrose and so socialising and getting to know each other out of work definitely helps to provide an excellent service for our customers.