29 June-1 July 2017, Casablanca, Morocco was the venue for the annual meetings of the North and West Africa and West Africa Regional SAR Committees.
The three days of meetings provided an opportunity for the countries to update developments since the 2016 meeting. Mr Mohammed Drissi of Morocco, Chairman of the North and West Committee and coordinating the IMRF Global SAR Development project in Africa, provided an overview of the regional achievements over 2015-2016 with 10 Regional SAR Development Meetings, 19 SAR Training courses and 210 people trained.
The closing date for the IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards is THIS FRIDAY
Friday 28 July 2017, is the last day to nominate any unsung maritime heroes in the International Maritime Rescue Federation H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards, visit www.imrfhero.org now, to enter your nomination before it’s too late.
Launched last year, the IMRF has already received nominations from around the world, from friends, family and work colleagues wanting to recognise people close to them, who have done something exceptional in the field of search and rescue (SAR).
This year’s nominations are as international as last years and include nominations for teams, individuals and technological innovations that have all saved lives over the last year.
Sheds Light on the Protection of Maritime Rescue Services in Times of Armed Conflict
On 4 May 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) made available online (new window) its updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention of 1949 (GC II). The Commentary provides a detailed explanation of each of the provisions of GC II, seeking to reflect contemporary practice and legal interpretations.
Directly relevant to coastal search and rescue (SAR) institutions and organizations, the updated Commentary sheds light on the protection maritime rescue services enjoy in times of armed conflict and the conditions they must satisfy to avail themselves of that protection (Art 27).
GC II is the second of four conventions which, together with their Additional Protocols of 1977, constitute the bedrock of international humanitarian law (IHL). IHL is a body of law that applies only in times of armed conflict, regulating the conduct of hostilities and providing for the protection of persons and objects who do not, or no longer, participate in hostilities.
"Every Hour, Every Day, 40 People Around the World Die by Drowning"
World Health Organisation Global Report on Drowning
The International Maritime Rescue Federation is calling for nominations for its H.E.R.O. Awards, to recognise the unsung maritime heroes who battle against this frightening statistic, as the H.E.R.O. award (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) deadline approaches on 28 July 2017.
The H.E.R.O. Awards (www.imrfhero.org) were launched last year to recognise anyone involved in maritime search and rescue, who deserve recognition for exceptional service.
Last year's winners included Captain Herve Lepage, master of the CMA CGM Rossini 5,570 TEU container ship who responded to a distress signal from a catamaran capsized by a whale off the South African coast on 18 October 2015.
Captain Lepage was also a member of the French Sea Rescue Service in his home town of La Rochelle, and it was thanks to his skill and expertise and the dedication of his crew that they were able to rescue the two men from the capsized catamaran’s life raft.
KNRM hosted the first IMRF Fundraising and Communication Skill-Share on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June 2017. The 2 day event provided the perfect platform for SAR organisations to learn from each other by sharing fundraising and communications successes, swapping ideas and having thoughtful discussions in the workshops and case studies presented.
The first morning covered ‘How to manage your reputation in a multimedia world’ by Tony Roddam, formerly of the RNLI, who now runs the consultancy ‘Flying Colours’. This session gave each delegate something to think about as Tony Roddam challenged us to take a fresh and honest look at our most valuable asset, our reputation, in the era of fake news and alternative facts.
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