A world-leading offshore safety training firm, which has a site in Teesside, is marking two-decades in business.
Originally launched in Denmark more than 100 years ago, Falck Safety Services was first established in the UK in 1994.
The company now has 32 training centres across 19 countries, providing delegates with realistic training in a safe and controlled environment using state-of-the-art equipment and simulators.
Since its formation, the company has focussed on the prevention of accidents, disease and emergency situations.
Currently, it delivers over 200 safety and survival training courses to more than 340,000 people each year.
Specialisms include offshore survival, fire, technical, maritime and renewables.
UK Managing director Colin Leyden joined the business last year with a vision expand and improve upon its training portfolio.
He 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, Falck is required to react quickly to ensure its 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,” Leyden said.
“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.”
On marking 20 years in business, Falck is now looking to extend its reach, moving into areas such as workplace safety, general industrial, petrochemical, public services and healthcare.
Leyden added: “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.”