22nd November saw Eos Risk showcase its first training open day, which coincided with the 250th trainee passing through their purpose-built live fire-fighting training unit.
A first for Eos, the showcase invited post-military career development professionals, accreditation awarding bodies, quality standards organisations, marine safety professionals, partners, loyal Eos supporters, and media representatives to view live action training and meet the Eos team.
Senior Manager of Business Development, Randy B Esposito introduced the day, followed by a unique presentation and open forum from Captain Ian Mathison, FNI on Tanker Familiarisation and Security in an STS Environment. A respected marine safety expert with nearly 50 years’ ship management experience, Captain Mathison has been working recently with Eos on training and operational initiatives which are firsts for the private maritime security sector.
The open day was hosted at Uttoxeter Racecourse, a long-time ally of Eos, which is the location of their proprietary fire-fighting training unit. Investment in the training unit was made in 2012 resulting in a 6 meter enclosed space structure, used to simulate onboard environments and address the firefighting training requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW 95).
All guests viewed a live demonstration of over 20 students tackling staged live fires followed by the opportunity to question instructors and candidates.
The training unit is split into four internal compartments each designed to replicate a realistic onboard fire, search and rescue scenario. Temperatures soar to 300°C.
During the course, Eos use the same certified personal protective equipment (PPE) and breathing apparatus issued to the UK national fire service. Water hoses, nozzles and pumps meet the same standard as the fire brigade.
The STCW95 Fire-fighting and Prevention course is a standalone module but also part of the MCA Approved STCW95 Basic Safety Week course and Eos’s flagship Vessel Protection Officers (VPO) Course, which is Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) approved. All VPO trainees were offered an immediate interview on Friday, after their course completion. Eos is proud to recruit all Vessel Protection Officers directly from its VPO course. Operational Team Leaders and other positions are recruited from a cross section of the maritime industry, with a wide breadth of experience.
Eos delivers training solutions to international maritime professionals, security professionals and ex-military personnel. Their live fire-fighting unit has been utilised by private companies and has allowed Eos to offer candidates a unique training to start or kick-start their careers. The 250th person demonstrates this success.
Eos has further classroom based training rooms and 24-hour operational quarters at their head office in Stoke on Trent alongside a training firing range for their Firearms Competency Certificate.
Chief Executive Officer David Johnson commented, “Eos aims to bridge the space between marine safety and the application of private security onboard commercial vessels, and our leading-edge training is the centrepiece of this approach. Our onboard security operators are recruited directly from our Vessel Protection Officer’s course, which means we ensure our valued clients are offered the highest performing personnel, but gives young, motivated, post-military individuals a fantastic start to a career in private security. As Eos continues to grow, we not only require onboard operators, but a broad talent pool to fill shoreside management roles. Our VPOs have great experiences at-sea, but also long-term career opportunities ashore.”
We welcome any opportunity for interview or case study profile.
The company operates in accordance to IS09001-2008 quality and standards, is a signatory to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies (ICoC) and is approved by leading awarding bodies including Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Edexcel, City and Guilds, Royal Yacht Association, Institute for Leadership and Management, Security Association for the Maritime Industry. Courses are eligible for Learning Credits and are Career Transition Partnership approved.