The vital life or death decision-makers in industry
CORPORATE Protection Australia Group (CPAG) provides a full range of services to the maritime, mining, oil/gas and critical infrastructure industries within Australia and neighbouring countries.
Within the Gladstone region, CPAG provides a range of services to the local industry from maritime security guards through to paramedics, nurses and emergency response staff.
The group also has a local office in the main street and supports about 100 people locally with employment.
The region covers an area from Chinchilla through to Mackay and as far west as Rolleston.
The office now supports a full time safety/security consultant (I-safe) and professional trainer (Baseline training).
Today we are going to introduce to you what an ESO role is and how it is used in the industry.
An Emergency Services Officer (ESO) is a qualified professional, trained to respond to any emergency.
Many industries, including mining, oil and gas, aviation, maritime, and critical infrastructure, employ ESOs to maintain the rigorous safety standards of those sectors, and to be in the first line of response should an incident occur.
Primarily, ESOs report to any incident on site and assess whether emergency services need to be called.
They also act to provide vital first aid, rescue, or any similar means of action, and serve to organise and coordinate any present emergency response team.
As such, ESOs are often equipped with a strong and varied range of skills.
As it is their responsibility to organise and manage any response to any situation, they are often competent across the fire and rescue, medical and security fields.
ESOs also maintains operational preparedness on site, and works to ensure that environment is subject to the requisite safety standards.
On top of this, ESOs regularly engage in training others to assist in these roles.
A variety of characteristics are expected of ESOs, as their efficacy can at any time mean the difference between life and death.
As well as being adept at emergency response, and the operation of any emergency equipment, they must be experienced at working security, have good problem-solving skills, and have the ability to effectively communicate on any scale, and under any set of circumstances.
The ideal ESO will be rational, willing to learn, and able to cope with conflict, stress and crisis situations.
Undoubtedly, ESOs constitute an element vital to the success and effectiveness of emergency services, and emergency response protocols across a terrific range of industries.