Borne out of the industry, for the industry

Borne out of the industry, for the industry

In early 1978, the world’s first purpose-built offshore firefighting training centre opened in Montrose, Scotland.  The Montrose Fire Training Centre was the first of its kind in the offshore industry and was designed to provide fire training for the crews of offshore production platforms and drilling rigs in the North Sea.

The Montrose site was selected out of 26 potential locations by the Petroleum Industry Training Board (PITB), the forerunner to what is now the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO). Once the location was decided, a group of 13 major oil companies contributed more than £1.25 million towards the Montrose Fire Training Centre and invited PITB to act as operator on its behalf.

In the years to follow, the Centre underwent a number of changes before it was acquired by Petrofac in 2004, forming our Petrofac Training business.

Since its inception, the Montrose Fire Training Centre has played a pivotal role in setting standards and delivering world-class training and assessment to more than 250,000 delegates from around the world.


  • 1977 – Construction begins on the Fire Training Centre in Montrose
  • 1978 – The Montrose Fire Training Centre is established and the first four-day fire training course is held
  • 1979 – The Centre, now known as the PITB Centre, is officially opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in September
  • 1981 – World renowned oil well firefighter, ‘Red’ Adair, visits the PITB Centre and comments: “All this is going save an awful lot of lives and an awful lot of oil.”
  • 1991 – The PITB Centre becomes the Offshore Training Centre (OTC)
  • 1993 – OTC changes its name to Montrose Fire and Emergency Training Centre (MFETC)
  • 1993 – The Major Emergency Management Simulator is officially inaugurated by Lord Cullen
  • 1998 – MFETC and Scota merge to become Montrose Scota Training International (MSTI)
  • 2000 – MSTI and Robert Gordon Institute of Technology (RGIT) merge to become RGIT Montrose
  • 2002 – RGIT Montrose headquarters moves from King Street, Aberdeen to the newly opened, purpose-built survival centre in Altens, Aberdeen
  • 2004 – Petrofac acquires RGIT Montrose and forms Petrofac Training
  • 2014 – Petrofac invests £1.5 million into upgrading the Montrose Fire Training facilities