The IMRF's #FutureSAR initiative identifies the key challenges the global maritime search and rescue (SAR) industry will face due to climate change. It proposes guidance and best practices to aid rescue operations in the future. As part of this, we spoke with Fredrik Falkman, Head of Innovation at the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS).

Fredrik pointed out that climate change will have diverse impacts on the environment in the various regions where SAR operators are active. He emphasised that the overall perception of SAR organisations will likely change unless substantial actions are taken to combat climate change.

According to Fredrik, the potentially catastrophic effects of rising sea levels in different parts of the world necessitate a smarter approach from SAR organisations. This involves ensuring that the appropriate equipment is selected based on a comprehensive understanding of each rescue operation before assigning resources. He suggested moving away from the mindset that all assets must be utilised at all times, which would reduce fuel consumption and highlight the feasibility of solving cases with lighter and electric assets.

Fredrik stressed that SAR organisations have the opportunity to become leaders in addressing climate change. As influential figures and role models for boaters worldwide, SAR organisations can break free from traditional thinking, demonstrating to the public that climate change is preventable. By doing so, they can set an example for others to follow and contribute to the broader effort to combat climate change.

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