18-20 June 2024 – Fareham, UK

Registration for the 2024 Maritime Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) Subject-Matter Expert Course is now open. The course programme is available hereIn order to benefit fully from the course, applicants will need to have the required level of experience.  Places are strictly limited, there are only 30 available, and our 2022 course sold out!

Places will be allocated following consideration of the course application form. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible. You can complete the application form here. It should only take 10-15 mins to complete.

The IMRF is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our fourth Maritime Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) Subject-Matter Expert (SME) Course from the 18-20 June 2024 at JRCC, Fareham, UK. This event is kindly hosted by the UK’s HM Coastguard. The course fee for IMRF members is £550 and for non-members £800. You can read a write up of our third MRO SME Course here.

The course will be facilitated by a team of MRO experts including Tom Gorgol Program Manager – MRO at the United States Coast Guard, and Rod Elkins, MRO Specialist at the United States Coast Guard.

The course will dive into the complexity of managing an MRO and provide students the opportunity to develop a course of actions through scenario-based training. The programme is available here.

The content will be based on the guidance developed in the IMRF’s MRO Project, underpinned by the provisions of the IAMSAR Manual. The manual defines an MRO as “characterised by the need for immediate response to large numbers of persons in distress such that the capabilities normally available to the SAR authorities are inadequate”. MROs are, therefore, among the most serious emergencies that may be faced by those responsible for providing SAR services.

Please note, that the course will be conducted in English, and that to qualify for a course certificate attendance at the full course will be required. Furthermore, students are encouraged to bring MRO plans (or drafts) in order to apply, validate, or make edits during the scenario-based training


The course fee for IMRF members is £550 and for non-members £800.

If your application is successful, we will ask you to register and pay for your place on this course. More details on how to do this will be provided if your application is successful, and your course place is only secured once the registration fee is completed.

All delegates need to pay for and arrange their own travel and accommodation as well as any other costs incurred in attending the course. The only meals provided will be lunches on the days of the course, all other meals and refreshments will be needed to be paid for by the attendees themselves.

If your organisation is not an IMRF member and would like to join the IMRF, kindly register here.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the IMRF team at [email protected] To apply for a place please complete the application form which should only take you 10-15 minutes to complete. You can view the course cancellation policy here.


This event is kindly hosted by HM Coastguard at their JRCC in Fareham. Directions on how to get to JRCC Fareham are available here.

United Kingdom Joint Rescue Coordination Centre 

Unit 12, Kite’s Croft Business Park 

Fareham, Hants 

PO14 4LW 


There are 2 hotels within walking distance of JRCC Fareham. To book either hotel, please contact them directly.

Cartwright Drive 

Fareham, Hants 

PO15 5RJ 

T. Reservation:  0800 80 80 0800 

T. Front Desk: 01329 745600 

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/15CNfxCLEgG2DauV8  

(5 - 10 minute walk) 

Southampton Road,  

Park Gate, Southampton 

SO31 6AF 

T. 0333 777 7938 

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WRVaqZgBo3Mtg47i7

(10 - 15-minute walk to the JRCC)