Media Release: At the forefront of safety for 20 years

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A WORLD-leading offshore safety training firm is marking two-decades in business.

Falck Safety Services (Falck), which was first launched in the UK in 1994, has established a trusted name worldwide and continues to be at the forefront of the industry with safety in its DNA from day one.

Originally launched in Denmark more than 100 years ago, Falck now has 32 training centres across 19 countries, with two sites in Aberdeen and one in Teesside, providing delegates with realistic, quality training in a safe and controlled environment using state-of-the-art equipment and simulators.

Since its formation, it has been Falck’s mission to prevent accidents, disease and emergency situations, and in Aberdeen specifically, with its dominating oil and gas industry, safety has continued to be at the heart of everything that Falck does.

Currently, Falck Safety Services globally delivers over 200 safety and survival training courses to more than 340,000 people each year, and offers various training services including, offshore survival, fire, technical, maritime and renewables.

UK Managing director, Colin Leyden, joined the business last year with a vision expand and improve upon Falck’s training portfolio in the offshore energy sector and other industry sectors.

Mr Leyden said: “Falck is a business that lives by its values with a commitment to our people, customers, environment and society, with safety underpinning the whole organisation.

“During our 20 years of business in the UK, Falck has constantly focused on product development to ensure it remains at the forefront and up-to-date with the latest legislation to meet the safety training demands both in the UK and internationally.

“It is a great achievement to reach 20 years of business in the UK and a significant milestone for the firm as we continue to invest and strengthen our services to offer first-class training in the area.

“With regular updates and new regulations coming into force each year, as a training provider we have to be able to react quickly to ensure our training courses fit with the appropriate standards.

“We are always actively investing in our facilities, and in the last year alone we have invested over £3.5m in new man riding crane equipment, our crisis management facilities and our fire and wind energy safety training facilities at all of UK sites.

“This has allowed us to significantly improve the competence levels of delegates and increase confidence so they can trust in a safer world.

“Most importantly, for 20 years we have been committed to providing quality training that will safeguard offshore energy and shipping workers and prepare them for all eventualities of the offshore environment.

“We continually go the extra mile with additional exercises to deliver as realistic training as possible.”

With a focus on its 20-year achievement the safety training experts are looking to the future and extending its reach into sectors where value can be added including, workplace safety, general industrial, petrochemical, public services and healthcare.

“Reaching this milestone has allowed us to evaluate as a business and extend our expertise wider into additional sectors as we have the skills and capabilities to share our wealth of knowledge.

“General workplace safety is essential in nearly every business nowadays so it makes sense for us to offer this service and help organisations to evaluate their safety procedures to avoid accidents at work.

“To mark our 20 year anniversary, we have launched a campaign to focus on the people of Falck, and have embarked on an advertising campaign using our real training delegates for our radio and TV advertising which you will see all over the North-east.”

Falck Safety Services, which has a strong expertise servicing the global oil and gas, shipping, renewable energy, military and aviation industries, is currently running a summer campaign to allow people to experience offshore training the Falck way.

The summer training campaign includes four different packages, which will cover, BOSIET offshore survival, MIST, offshore medical, banksman slinger stage one and rigger stage one courses.

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