Successful emergency response drill on the Edvard Grieg field

Lundin Norway conducted recently an emergency response drill at the Edvard Grieg field for a scenario involving an offshore helicopter accident. A wide range of resources and organisations worked together to coordinate the rescue simulation.

Comprehensive and coordinated efforts were mobilised when a helicopter accident at the Edvard Grieg field was simulated. A total of 20 training dummies were rescued by the responding helicopter and by boats.

“The exercise was handled efficiently, with good coordination and communication between the various parties,” says Emergency Preparedness and Security Advisor Ralph Grønning in Lundin Norway AS.

Rescue boats were rapidly launched, and picked up 10 of the training dummies in the course of 30 minutes. The training dummies were taken on board for “treatment” on the Edvard Grieg platform, where they were replaced by “real” (live) markers. A rescue helicopter retrieved the remaining 10 marker dummies, some directly from the sea and some that where located in a life raft.

A wide range of players involved
The emergency preparedness organisation on the Edvard Grieg platform consists of different emergency response teams, which are jointly responsible for everything from rescuing people from the sea, to receiving and treating the injured. A dedicated emergency response management team on board is responsible for coordinating these efforts.

“In a real incident, many players will cooperate, and it is therefore important that we involve all of them in such a training exercise. This is a good way for the various preparedness organisations and resources to conduct training in the roles they are responsible for, and also practice coordination and communication,” says Grønning.

At the same time as the marker dummies were retrieved from the sea and brought on board the Edvard Grieg platform, an emergency hospital was established to treat the “patients”. Examination and prioritisation of the patients was performed by the platform nurse, assisted by the first aid team.

Basis for learning and improvement
“We can identify potential weaknesses and errors through such exercises, which gives us a good basis for learning and improvement. By conducting this kind of training, we are also able to prepare mentally for the fact that emergency incidents can occur and help us ensure that we respond more effectively,” says Grønning.

“This was a useful exercise for all participants. They achieved their training goals, while we also identified improvement items that will be included in the ongoing work to further strengthen our emergency preparedness,” says Grønning.

Some of the participants in the exercise:

  • Bristow Norway AS
  • CHC Helikopter Service
  • Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Southern Norway
  • Offshore Health Services
  • Apply Sørco
  • ESS
  • RESQ
  • Lundin Norway’s emergency response teams on Edvard Grieg
  • Lundin Norway’s onshore emergency response organisation