The vision of: Kim Bybjerg
“Being Danish, it is a special feeling to work for Falck. When I grew up, Falck was a household name for safety: you don´t call the emergency number, you call Falck. In Denmark, it is a real institution, a trusted brand: they take care of you. On the flipside, when wearing Falck clothes, people expect you to take over when an accident happens”, says Kim Bybjerg about the international rescue company Falck that was founded in Denmark in 1906.
Since September 2015, Bybjerg is managing director of Falck Safety Services in the Netherlands. Falck is present in 45 countries, employs 34,000 people and has four divisions, Emergency, Assistance, Healthcare and Safety Services. Falck Safety Services group (Falck) is a daughter company of Falck, consisting of 35 training centres in 21 countries, providing safety training for the offshore, wind and maritime industries.
Falck in the Netherlands has training centres in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Den Oever, and counts 120 employees. Globally, Falck train about 370,000 people per year, of which ten per cent in the Netherlands. With their safety training Falck serve large companies as well as self-employed individuals. The instructors are fixed staff, most of them worked in the field, for example at the fire brigade or as a diver and some of them are still active in their fields. Combining is the magic word Falck used to focus on the offshore industry, but this has changed, explains Bybjerg: “Led by the Dutch team, we saw new opportunities for maritime training as well, so we updated our STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, ed.) training portfolio. Next
year the biggest part of our training will be maritime, and even when oil and gas will pick up again, maritime will continuously be an important part.”
Initial STCW training are the Basic Training (BT), Advanced Firefighting (AFF), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats (PSCRB) and Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB). Falck offer the basic and refresher courses as stand-alone training, but also provide combined and Scenario-Based Training (SBT). “Scenario-based combined training is our unique selling point, as we are the only training provider offering this”, comments Bybjerg. “Combined refresher training save time and money for the client, as by combining, we leave out the overlap between the courses. Time is precious in the industry, so we looked at the needs of our clients and worked closely together with them to be able to make the training more efficient for their benefit. The Dutch legislation allows us to combine, which is a major benefit, as not every country allows combinations, some are …………………..
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