IMRF European Regional Meeting 2015 - Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland

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The IMRF European Regional Meeting 2015, held in Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland, from 28th to 30th October 2015, was a great success, and we would like to share the reports, presentations and videos with you.

50 Year Anniversary of Åland Sea Rescue Society

News: 50 Year Anniversary of Åland Sea Rescue Society

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 was a day of celebration as the Åland Sea Rescue Society celebrated 50 years’ service to the boating community in the waters around the island.

The celebrations coincided with the IMRF European Meeting with delegates joining lifeboat members and local dignitaries for a dinner at the Hotel Archipelago, kindly provided by Viking Line and Posten Åland.

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Meeting Summary

Meeting Summary

Wednesday – 28 October 2015

Wednesday afternoon was dedicated to our hosts for this evening, Åland Sea Rescue Society. The session started with a welcome from ÅSRS Chairman, Lennart Joelsson. ÅSRS CEO, Dag Lindholm, followed up with a presentation about the organisation, its development and the important role played by the Society in the Åland Community.stamp

Captain Udo Fox, Chairman of the IMRF, took the opportunity to welcome everyone to the meeting and congratulated ÅSRS on reaching this milestone.

Other presentations were held by Jukka Savolainen of the Finnish Border Guard, Jullia Westerberg from the Government of Åland, Rolf Westerström from the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS), and Leif Nordlund of Alundia Insurance.

In the evening the European Meeting delegates joined over 150 local crew and dignitaries for a celebratory meal to commemorate ÅSRS 50th year.

Thursday – 30 October 2015

Today the meeting was divided in two session.

Session 1 – Crisis in the Mediterranean – How Can We Help?

Presentations by Pekka Niittyla – Finnish Border Guard, Matthew Fader, Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS), Håvard Vedik, Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS), Leena Kämäräinen, Finnish Red Cross, Johannes Bayer and Ruben Neugebauer, Sea Watch, and Dalene Bailey, US Coast Guard – Auxiliary.

Season 2 – Increasing European Cooperation between SAR Organisations

Presentations by Anna Classon, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Henk Kok, Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), Justine Heeley, McMurdo, and Jori Nordström, Finnish Lifeboat Institute.

In the evening the attendees were again hosted at the local restaurant by ÅSRS.

Friday – 31 October 2015

The delegates were invited to visit the Finnish Border Guard vessel TURVA. During the 2 hours on board cruising through the south Archipelago the crew of the TURVA provided a guided tour of this impressive vessel.

For a detail report of this meeting, please download the “Regional Development Meeting Summary 2015” below.



McMurdo Video - A video of the McMurdo Group and what they do.

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