Nineteen Site Protection Officers, who make up part of the team that provides vital emergency cover at one of Teesside’s major industrial sites, have been awarded an internationally recognised diploma in industrial fire management.
The 19, based at the Ineos Nitriles site at Seal Sands, where Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management provides around-the-clock protection, have completed around 15 months of training and continual assessment before being awarded the Diploma from the Joint Oil & Industry Fire Forum (JOIFF).
JOIFF is dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed by emergency response personnel who respond to incidents in high hazard industries.
Although the emphasis in fire hazard management is on prevention and protection the team also needs the skills and ability to command emergency operations involving incidents of every size.
CFB Risk Management has one of the largest workforces in the UK with the skills and competence to work in these high hazard conditions and Ineos Nitriles, one of Europe’s largest industrial manufacturers of plastics, is one of a number of high profile contracts won by the company.
Kevin Harrison, operations manager for CFB Risk Management at the Ineos Fire Station, is pictured (above) with other site protection officers.
He said: “Operating in the Teesside area which has a concentration of high hazard industries gives us invaluable experience and expertise but we are also totally committed to providing the best training and qualifications for our fire-fighters.
“The Diploma covers a wide range of skills including hazardous materials, security, fire management and medical emergencies. One of the advantages is that a lot of the training is based on the site where the team works, using the equipment and facilities we have here.
“We provide protection services for a whole range of blue-chip companies operating in the oil and gas, petrochemical and nuclear sectors and this is an additional reassurance for them that the our personnel are not only experienced but also trained to the very highest standards,” he added.
Started in 2011 as a community interest company, Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management has a growing reputation for its range of specialist fire protection services with multi million pound contracts across the UK and growing interest from Europe and the Middle East.
All profits go into community projects that improve safety for thousands of families in the Tees area.