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Remote Medical International Acquires SSI Group

Acquisition expands Remote Medical International’s renewable energy presence and adds risk management services to the company’s portfolio.

RMI logoSEATTLE, WA, July 15, 2020 – Remote Medical International, a global leader in workplace health and safety services for Fortune 100 corporations and government services prime contractors, announced it completed its acquisition of SSI Group on July 1. Based in the United Kingdom, SSI specializes in emergency response medical services for the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, global risk management, and international safety.

“This acquisition is part of our strategy to aggressively expand into new markets, notably renewable energy, broaden our offerings to include risk management, and build on our leading COVID-19 services,” said Wayne Wager, CEO of Remote Medical International. “The complimentary nature of our businesses adds to our ability to design bespoke solutions for our clients that save lives and improve the health of workers in diverse job sites around the world.”

Remote Medical International will leverage SSI’s years of work to provide medical and technical support for offshore wind farm and other renewable energy construction in the North Sea and North America and expand its work with large corporations working in remote and challenging locations globally. The combined expertise will produce a comprehensive range of COVID-19 medical services and solutions for businesses seeking to create safe back-to-work situations under one Remote Medical International offering.

The combined companies will deliver unparalleled quality by setting the highest standards for medical and safety personnel and clinical governance. Customers will benefit from the companies’ vast experience in offering workplace health and safety and risk management services to more than 120 countries across the globe.

“We are delighted to join the Remote Medical International team and believe that together our companies will deliver greater value to our customers through our common values of quality, agility, responsiveness, and collaboration,” said Duncan Higham, Founder and Managing Director of SSI. ”We share a passion for delivering unparalleled services and a vision of being the best remote medical provider on land and at sea.”

Mr. Higham has been named Remote Medical International’s vice president global strategy, reporting directly to Wayne Wager, CEO of Remote Medical International. Julian Rawles, formerly SSI’s commercial director, will serve as the managing director of Remote Medical International UK reporting to Paul Budak, chief operating officer. No other changes in either organization are anticipated. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Visit the company’s website, for more information.

About Remote Medical International

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Remote Medical International saves lives and protects the health and wellbeing of workers in diverse job sites from remote pipeline installations to offshore wind and maritime operations. The company has been recognized six times by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States and works with Fortune 100 corporations and government services prime contractors.

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SSI Partners with Texo to Provide Coronavirus Screening Stations

We have recently formed a strategic partnership with Texo Accommodation, part of Texo Group of companies, to deliver modular Coronavirus screening stations in the UK.

The partnership will combine our range of Covid-19 screening and testing services with Texo Accommodation’s range of flexible, modular buildings which offer high-quality, rapidly deployed welfare facilities.

We have developed screening and testing services delivered by qualified medical personnel, which includes the Covid-19 Rapid testing kit. This detects IgG and IgM antibodies, which detects if a person has had coronavirus and has since recovered and takes 10 minutes to complete.

The SSI Energy/Texo modular Coronavirus screening stations will be targeted at sites of Critical National Infrastructure such as ports, airports and heliports, logistics centres and major construction sites where people are required to go to work to deliver essential services in the UK.

The modular concept is designed and manufactured by Texo Accommodation partner, ELA Container, the German modular building specialist. ELA has delivered a number of placements of modular systems in the UK and Europe to support customers during the Covid19 pandemic.

One of our directors, Jules Rawles, says “There is a clear need to ensure the safety of all people who are required to go to work and screening and testing is an essential part of this. The facilities required to offer this service are best offered outside of the premises which is why this partnership is particularly effective.”

Richard Lamb, Managing Director of Texo Accommodation, said: “The situation around working practices and the pandemic has been fast moving and requirements on how to work safely have been changing just as quickly.

“This partnership reflects the need to provide robust and accurate screening and testing to prevent the spread of Covid-19, while also meeting requirements for social distancing and general welfare. Clearly people having to stand and wait outside is suboptimal. The SSI Energy/Texo modular Coronavirus screening centre provides a truly flexible solution for facilities where essential workers need to come and go.”

Texo Accommodation, through its land-based modular division, can now deliver flexible office and welfare space, test centres, hand washrooms and sanitary units to workplaces and public facilities across the UK.

Modular office and welfare space (locker rooms or canteen space), as well sanitary facilities with toilets, offer organisations the opportunity provide sufficient social distancing space on a flexible and temporary basis, particularly for organisations providing essential services. Space for handwashing before entry to or departure from premises also ensures increased care is provided for all visitors or attendees.

To discuss requirements, contact:

Dave Thompson, Business Development Manager, SSI Energy

Richard Lamb, Managing Director, Texo Accommodation

About Texo Accommodation
Texo Accommodation has significant experience of providing bespoke modular units for a variety of uses across range of industrial sectors including offshore energy, aviation and construction.
Texo Group ( with sister company Texo DSI, offers a multi-disciplined integrated asset management service to a range of industrial sectors. The fast-growing group has integrated a series of recent acquisitions, bringing in leadership with decades of experience to form its core divisions, including: Accommodation, Engineering, Fabrication, Integrity + and Resources, alongside Texo DSI.

About ELA Container GmbH
With 850 employees, over 45 years of experience and a global presence, ELA Container is the specialist when it comes to providing mobile room solutions in the form of containers.
ELA can quickly respond to last-minute enquiries with over 30,000 lettable containers in stock, in a wide range of designs and with diverse accessories.
ELA can also manufacture special containers for permanent use.
Expert service throughout, from planning, delivery and assembly to removal, is just as natural as the quality hallmark ‘Made in Germany’.
As a second-generation family business, ELA attaches great importance to proximity to customers.



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SSI Medic Provides Remote Medical Support for the British Antarctic Survey

SSI Group has been responsible for the deployment of emergency personnel to some of the most hostile and challenging locations around the world. With a roster of highly qualified, field experienced medics, SSI Group continues to support operations on and offshore during this period of international uncertainty.

Prior to the UK Government’s imposed lockdown, seasoned SSI medic Jon Porter embarked RRS Discovery from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on a 7-week research exploration supporting the British Antarctic Survey.

His primary task; carrying out offshore medical support for the 47 crew, technicians and scientists onboard .

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A typical view for SSI onboard medics

To conduct scientific operations , the ship travelled south as far as possible ultimately reaching 64º South , crossing nothing but ocean. Operating in such a remote and challenging environment, having a medic onboard is deemed essential due to the complete lack of readily available outside medical support.  For Jon, who is a former Royal Marines Commando and highly experienced operating under unforgiving situations, the risk profile was high but manageable.

The duty of the offshore medic is to provide prolonged care and the best possible management of patients for as long as possible until they can be extracted by helicopter or Royal Navy Vessels with qualified doctors onboard. Fortunately, on this expedition, no such operation was required.

As the scientists onboard deployed scientific sampling  equipment beyond depths of 6000m,  Jon’s time was spent training other personnel in basic and more advanced first aid techniques and exposing them them to aspects of remote medical care that were new to them  As a medic with a diverse set of skills, Jon had to allocate time too to younger personnel experiencing severe sea sickness as well as attending to one minor head injury. Jon also had to monitor the Covid-19 situation closely, keeping an eye on all personnel and making sure everyone onboard was up to date with best practices at the time.

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Whales spotted en route

This was another routine expedition for Jon who has operated as a medic under some of the most hostile and dangerous conditions one could expect of a former Royal Marines medic with 21 years of service. After leaving the Corp, Jon went into maritime anti-piracy, looking after ships as they travelled through waters at risk of Somalia pirates, then going on to onshore tasks providing close protection services in places like Kabul.

The RRS Discovery NOC task provided Jon with moments of consideration and appreciation too, where he was able to pay tribute to the fallen at the Royal Marines War Memorial in the Falkland Islands as well as witness whales and dolphins swimming off of South Georgia.

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The Memorial for Royal Marines who served in and around the Falkland Islands

The NOC task and Jon’s successful management of onboard personnel’s health is another example of SSI’s capability to optimise operations for clients in far reaching locations. For more information on how you can access highly valuable medics like Jon Porter, get in touch with us here.

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Managing a crisis: Covid-19 and the threat to Critical National Infrastructure

In the midst of uncertainty and significant risk to people’s health, it is clear that the need for robust and accurate screening and testing of Covid-19 is needed now more than ever.

The social and health implications of Covid-19 have already been well documented. However, what still remains largely unclear, is how badly our Critical National Infrastructure and supply chain is going to suffer and what measures can be put in place to preserve it, especially offshore.

It is imperative that workers involved in the energy industry are supported in their efforts to keep operations running. These are the personnel who will keep the lights on in homes across the country and heating in the homes of those who really need it. At this time, certain industries have a particular responsibility to keep operating.

Offshore activities need to continue, and staff need to be able to operate effectively in an environment with varying information and protocols. Vessels, for example, must pay particular attention to all personnel on the pre-embarkation and embarkation stage of deployment. Any personnel suspected with the virus must be dealt with effectively and sympathetically; human resources staff must have systems in place to ensure the wellbeing of all involved is catered for.

According to Jules Rawles, Director at specialist medical support company, SSI Energy, there are three core ways companies can help mitigate the effects of Covid-19 for their offshore personnel:

#1 Implement Robust Screening Measures

These can be instigated at reception centres, ports, and heliports. Key data can be obtained by carrying out assessments on paper such as detailed questionnaires and taking temperatures using a non-contact thermometer. If any personnel display symptoms under screening or assessments are indicative of an increased risk, they will be advised to self-isolate for 7 – 14 days, as per the Government’s current advice.

#2 Covid-19 Rapid Testing

The next layer of mitigation can be conducted using a Covid-19 Rapid testing kit. This testing kit is particularly useful for the testing of personnel based offshore and must be conducted by a registered Health Care Professional.

The Covid-19 Rapid testing kit detects IgG and IgM antibodies and can assist in determining whether the person has Covid-19 or not. The kit gives a positive or negative result in just 10 minutes and is used as an in vitro diagnostic tool to precede precautionary measures that will need to be put in place to manage the spread of the virus.

#3 Strategic Advice

Determining a suitable course of action for mitigating the effects of COVID-19, requires the expert advice and strategic management of a qualified medical professional. Having an experienced medical professional to advise senior management and board members as to what the future may look like, is important for business continuity and the future.

For more information about Covid-19 screening, testing and advice, go to our dedicated Covid-19 information page.


SSI Energy hovercraft project

Peru Hovercraft Project

Showing the diversity of SSI Energy, we are currently providing a former Royal Marines hovercraft instructor for Peru Government trials and training. This is the second task for this client, the first being in Lagos, Nigeria for trials and instruction with the Nigerian Navy. 

SSI Energy hovercraft project checks

Preflight checks of the Underskirt

SSI Energy deployed a hovercraft pilot to Peru on the 3rd December to carry out trials, a capability demonstration and driver (pilot) training on a Griffon Hoverworks 995 hovercraft. The hovercraft was shipped from the UK and unloaded in Peru, our pilot instructor helped unload and then assemble the hovercraft on site. Our Instructor is not only the Pilot but also maintains the hovercraft during the project.  The project is a Peru Government sponsored outreach mission for local communities and due to last for the next 10 days in the Nueva Vida region. 

To see the hovercraft in action, click here.

For more information about SSI Energy services contact or visit our website at 

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SSI RM Signs 5 Year Alliance Agreement with IPLOCA

On 24thJuly 2019, SSI RM signed a five-year Alliance Agreement with IPLOCA, becoming an Allied Institution in conjunction with sitting on the IPLOCA HSE committee.

IPLOCA is an association made up of over 250 members that provides a platform to share ideas, network and build business relationships within the onshore and offshore pipeline construction industries. SSI RM, our specialist security branch, is a risk management consultancy that delivers high level security and risk mitigation services to the offshore and onshore industries. The Alliance Agreement enables SSI RM to continue to develop its presence in the international pipeline sector as well as contribute significant specialist insights to all IPLOCA members. 

SSI RM will provide a range of different services to the association and its members including bespoke Country Briefs as well as City Reports, that provide detailed data regarding the security and risk profile of over 70 global locations. In addition, SSI RM will provide Post-incident Reports as well as host an IPLOCA Portal where a complete library of SSI RM Country Briefs can be accessed. Furthermore, SSI Energy will provide medical risk management advice and services to IPLOCA members.

On the Alliance, director Jules Rawles described the partnership as “exciting, considering SSI Group’s recent successes in the provision of security and medical services to construction projects in high risk territories”. When asked to comment further, Rawles explained that “SSI RM’s mission behind the Alliance is to support all IPLOCA members in their objective to improve the safety of personnel working in higher risk regions of the world as well as contribute subject matter expertise in medical and risk management requirements”.

For more information on the Alliance and the services SSI RM provide, go to the SSI RM website at

SSI Energy’s Offshore Medic Gets Onboard Bibby WaveMaster 1

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One of SSI Energy’s HSE Offshore Medics, who are often trained technicians working as part of a maintenance team, is now permanently based on the Bibby Wavemaster 1 vessel, supporting the works on the Galloper offshore wind farm in the UK.

According to SSI Energy’s Managing Director Duncan Higham, this is the first time the company has placed someone on a wind farm development off East Anglia. “This is particularly exciting for us as it’s one of the fastest-growing wind farm regions in the world and it shows that developers and companies in their supply chain are taking the welfare of employees very seriously,” Higham said.

The HSE Offshore Medic technician currently working aboard the Bibby Wavemaster 1 is former SAS Captain, Chris Hayle, who sees an average of one person a day for ailments like strains, sea sickness and general health issues. Hayle’s in-depth training means he can prescribe stronger pain relief and other treatments that first aiders cannot offer, to enable technicians to get back to work sooner. Offshore Medics, who have to be paramedics, military combat medics or nurses before going on the HSE Offshore Medic course, train for four years.

Read the full article here

SSI Energy turbine technician medic saves life after double cardiac arrest

Peter-Lane-small.083819A wind turbine technician who suffered cardiac arrest twice is alive today because a paramedic working alongside him spotted he was seriously ill.

The technician’s life was saved by new SSI Energy technician medic Peter Lane when the man felt unwell after completing a rope access training session in Ireland.

“If he had been working 80 metres or higher up an offshore or isolated onshore turbine without the immediate help of a qualified paramedic, he would not have survived” Peter said.

The incident was living proof that paramedics on offshore and remote onshore wind farms make the difference between life and death because that first ‘golden hour’ after a serious incident is critical.

“Being there, on the spot, saved the man’s life and has proved exactly what SSI Energy believes in – that the investment in technician medics – paramedics with technician skills – really is the difference between life and death,” said Peter.

He joined SSI Energy – which specialises in providing technician medics and Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERT) for onshore and offshore wind farm operators – from the front-line emergency ambulance service in July.

He was undergoing rope access training for client GE at the ARCH Training site in Fermanagh, Ireland, when he spotted that a man was rubbing his chest and looking grey and clammy after twice completing a 25-metre tower climb and an evacuation pulley drop.

Peter immediately spotted he was suffering from something far more dangerous than the indigestion he believed he had.

As the man, who does not want to be named, became more grey and clammy, rubbing the pit of his chest, Peter performed a rapid assessment, noting an irregular heart rate and the man becoming short of breath.

He persuaded him to go to hospital in his car, arranging to meet an ambulance at a filling station on route about seven miles away.

Two minutes after they arrived, the man went into cardiac arrest in the front seat of Peter’s car.

“I had grabbed an AED (automated external defibrillator) from the centre before we left so I got him out of the car and started CPR straight away, just after a Northern Ireland Ambulance Service response Jeep had arrived. We applied the defibrillator, analysed the rhythm, delivered a shock and continued CPR until we saw a rhythm change on the screen. On checking, the man’s pulse had returned. We continued to assist with his ventilations. He then went back into cardiac arrest and I again performed CPR while the other paramedic was trying to get access to his veins. After we delivered a further shock, he woke up, and though still in a great deal of pain, started talking to us, and through other observations we knew there was no major neurological damage.”

A comprehensive 12-lead ECG (electrocardiogram) showed he had suffered a type of heart attack called a STEMI.

“When you recognise the patient is having a STEMI, you contact an on-call cardiologist and once accepted by them, bypass the local Emergency Department and go directly to a more specialised hospital with a Cath Lab for specific heart tests and interventions. When we got him into the ambulance he was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where four stents were inserted into his heart. A first-aider may not have recognised the signs of his condition nor have the skills to deal with his cardiac arrest had he been working up a turbine or offshore” he said.

Duncan Higham, Managing Director at Hampshire-based SSI Energy, said the incident was the perfect illustration of the difference between life and death that technician medics made to both offshore and onshore wind farms.

“Companies might think it is expensive to have technician medics on turbine sites but that one man would not be here today if it had happened on a wind farm without a medic. What price can you put on life?” he said.

“A first aider has three days’ training. A paramedic has a minimum of two years along with immense exposure to regular medical & trauma emergencies. Qualified care is essential, as medical emergencies like strokes, heart attacks, anaphylactic shock and asthma attacks account for as many emergencies as trauma does.”

All SSIE medics undergo the Rescue Trauma and Critical Care (RTACC) course as well as having at least two years’ front-line emergency medical experience.

“Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERT) carry a satellite phone so were never out of communication and aimed to have a specialist doctor talking to the medic on the ground within four minutes. A consultant doctor talking to a medic at the point of injury, who is capable of carrying out specialist treatments, has been proven to improve the outcome of the patient significantly.”

Peter, 28, who joined the ambulance service in 2010, has visited the man in the coronary care unit at Cavan and he is recovering well.

He decided to train as a technician medic to fulfil a taste for adversity. He had his first day at the Bindoo windfarm in Cavan, run by GE, on July 18.

“I wanted a new challenge where I could work in a more demanding environment, carry out rope access work and get hands on, which really appealed, as well as using my paramedic skills when needed,” he said.

Jason Welch, director of GE, SSI Energy’s client at Bindoo, said: “This was an excellent outcome for the patient and proves exactly why we make the investment in SSI Energy’s services. This type of serious incident could happen at any time and to have specialist help on site really saves lives”

Paramedics are equipped with the latest kit; from advanced airway devices and a full range of medications, to trauma traction splints and chest seals.

Darren Sherry, of Optinergy, the patient’s employer, said: “I am delighted this incident had such a positive outcome for the patient and that Peter could use his expertise to save another life.”

Photo caption: Paramedic Peter Lane, who is retraining as a technician medic to work on offshore and onshore windfarms for SSI Energy’s clients.

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