Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) brings the world's maritime SAR organisations together.

COVID-19 & Pandemic Response

The IMRF has produced COVID-19 operational guidance for SAR organisations and is now producing a pandemic training manual and a range of online resources.


Author: Wendy Webster

Global SAR Information

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) supports and facilitates global SAR development.


Author: Wendy Webster

#WomenInSAR Initiative

Women are hugely under-represented in the maritime sector. The IMRF is working to raise the profile and increase the representation of women in maritime SAR. Our #WomenInSAR initiative is moving into its next phase this year.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact


Crew Members Over 519 Crew Members have participated and Trained in the European Crew Exchange from 2012 to 2019


x 100 - Visits The MRO Website, including the MRO Resources Library, had in total 29514 visits in the whole of 2018


IMRF Members The IMRF has 113 Members from 54 countries (2018)

Upcoming events

  • IMRF Awards 2021 – 14 September 2021

    Nominations are already open, so read what the Chair of the Judging Panel has to say about what they are looking for in Awards ... Read more

  • Fifth Mass Rescue Operations Conference – 17-19 October 2021

    The dates of the much-anticipated fifth IMRF Mass Rescue Operations Conference have been announced. Read more

Latest news

  • IMRF Pandemic SAR Webinar - 26 October 2020

    This Webinar launched the next phase of the IMRF COVID-19 & Pandemic Response project, and also provided an opportunity for participants to share experiences and reflect on lessons learnt from their SAR operational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

  • Aviation Search and Rescue – Harmonising Global Safety

    Many IMRF members either work with aviation assets in maritime SAR operations, or are responsible for providing aviation SAR services. And yet there is no formal international benchmark to ensure quality, safety and consistency of aviation SAR standards. Read more

  • Jacques de Solms Retires from SNSM

    Vice Admiral Jacques de Solms retired from the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM) at the beginning of October 2020, after a long and distinguished career in both the French navy and with SNSM. Read more

  • Interested in the SAR Developments of the Future?

    The IMRF Future Technology Panel is inviting all members (especially new member organisations) to join the group.  Launched four years ago with participants from nine IMRF member organisations, it has gone from strength to strength and we are keen to encourage more members to get involved. Read more


  • Dean Storey, Assistant Commissioner NSW State Emergency Service tells us a bit about his background and his career up to this point

    The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. It is a volunteer-based organisation providing emergency assistance to the people of NSW 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Read more

  • Blog: IMRF European Lifeboat Crew Exchange

    Staff from DGzRS have taken part in the IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange every year since its establishment and have helped to develop this much valued annual event. Read more

  • HamiltonJet - Member Profile

    The IMRF has 113 members from 54 countries around the world. Our members might be large or small, newly-formed or long-established. Sometimes our members are charities, private or public agencies, supporting organisations and industries. Still, they are all welcome and we all work to develop and improve maritime search and rescue (SAR) capacity around the world. In the first of a regular feature, we’ve talked to one of our new members to find out more about what they do and what that means fo Read more

  • #WomenInSAR Blog - Part 1 - Managing Lifeboat Operations Across British Columbia

    #WomenInSAR blog  The Royal Canadian Maritime Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) is the volunteer based organization that operates more than 30 marine rescue stations on the British Columbia coast and in the B.C. Interior. From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, RCMSAR volunteer crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to marine emergencies. They conduct, on average, 800 marine rescues every year. Read more