In conjunction with the IMRF Awards a very successful European Regional Meeting was held. The topics were varied but the changing climate and environmental crisis were topics that we kept coming back to. The full meeting notes will be uploaded to our website in the New Year, but the discussions were as follows:

Annual Reports from Panels and Projects
IMRF Future Technology Panel
IMRF Fundraising Skillshare
IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange

Session 1 : The Environment and SAR
Key Note Speech by Vidar Helgeson - Special Advisor to the United Nations
•  Energy Efficiency and Future Propulsion Alternatives
•  SAR and the plastic crisis

Session 2: International Work
•  IMRF Work in Africa
•  RS International Work
MCA Work in British Overseas Territories
Member Experiences
WMRC 2019  

Session 3: SAR Challenges:
•  Starting a new SAR service from scratch
•  Cooperation between organisations to ensure effective SAR Coverage
•  The Drowning Chain

Session 4: One Challenge - One Solution: Short talks by delegates on the things that matter to their organisations
Udo Fox - IMRF Trustee/DGZRS
•  John Leech - Irish Water Safety
Andrew Ingram - National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa
Nicola Stalla SOS Mediterranee - France

The European meetings are not just a great way to meet colleagues in Europe, they are also a forum for discussion of the things that matter to our members.

If you would like to host a regional meeting in the future you can contact us at [email protected].