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Ruth Lee manikins create a realistic challenge for trainees at the Maritime Skills Academy

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A fire is always a serious emergency situation  – but what happens if there is a fire onboard a ship or other offshore facility? Would your team have the capability, confidence and skills needed to ensure that the emergency does not escalate out of control?

Thankfully, there are training providers who can provide courses for managing risk and tackling fires in the offshore and shipping sectors, such as the Maritime Skills Academy. Based in Dover, Kent, it is a family owned company with thirty years’ experience within the international Marine Industry.

Specialising in safety and survival training for all ranks of crew member aboard any type of ship or boat, the Maritime Skills Academy list clients such as international cruise companies, super yacht operators, UK Border Force, renewable energies companies and international ferry operators.

Darryl Cooper, Marine Training Manager at the Maritime Skills Academy sent us some photos of their training and said,

“One of the major aspects of safety training for onboard a ship is Fire Awareness and Fire Fighting. We use our purpose built fire module to simulate multiple situations which may occur at sea. Multiple classes of fire are set as well as simulated scenarios, enclosed space entry and very importantly, casualty extraction.

We utilise three Ruth Lee adult dummies and one toddler sized manikin. These dummies are durable, allowing us to be very flexible and creative with our casualty positioning. Fred, Dave and Tim can be found relaxing in their burning bunk, taking a break in the purser’s office, piloting helicopters, hanging around on the stairs or even sheltering from the smoke inside a cupboard.

As well as maritime training we assist commercial work site fire teams in their training and exercise simulation working with groups from nuclear power stations, renewable energy companies and manufacturing plants.

Whatever the challenge we try to make scenarios realistic, worthwhile and different every time a delegate attends. The Ruth Lee rescue training manikins ensure that we can achieve this.”


For more information about the Maritime Skills Academy, their fantastic facilities and range of course, visit www.maritimeskillsacademy.com/ and view their promotional video


At Ruth Lee Ltd we are pleased to supply the Maritime Skills Academy with manikins for their specialist training.

Our range of manikins is extensive, with different manikins used to simulate casualties for a number of challenging rescue scenarios.  This includes Fire House Manikins, perfect for BA snatch rescue training in fire houses, Bariatric manikins for designing plans to evacuate heavier individuals, Offshore manikins which are suitable for working at height and water rescue scenarios, as well as our popular Man Overboard manikin which are often referred to as Dead Fred!


We can offer expert advice on choosing the perfect manikins for your particular training scenarios. Call today 01490 413 282

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