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Improving Emergency Response for Mass Rescue at Sea

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IMRF Brings Together International Experts to Improve Planning and Resolve Challenges

Every year more than 400,000 people lose their lives in the world’s waters (World Health Organisation Report on Drowning, 2014) , but many of these deaths could be prevented through safety interventions and improved maritime search and rescue coordination and response.

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is bringing together experts from around the world for its 4th International Maritime Mass Rescue Conference to address some of these issues.

The event will be held on 11-13 June, 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and includes a live mass rescue exercise for all those attending. The sea-based simulation exercise will offer a valuable shared experience to build on over the following two days.

New NGO Guidance for Co-ordination of Search and Rescue in the Mediterranean Published

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Today on 3 March 2017, Human Rights at Sea publishes the first voluntary NGO minimum standard guidance working towards increased levels of joint co-ordination and co-operation for the on-going humanitarian relief effort in the Mediterranean region and in close co-ordination with established Rescue Coordination Centres, other State and non-State actors.

Titled: A “Voluntary Code of Conduct for Search and Rescue Operations undertaken by civil society Non-Governmental Organisations in the Mediterranean Sea” the first edition of the document is intended to act as the basis for rapid iterative development with as many stakeholders as possible, including European Institutions, Agencies, shipping and fishing associations and military forces.

Fundraising & Communications Skill-Share

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29-30 June in the Netherlands

Jolan van den Broek, Head of Communications and Fundraising for KNRM, writes:

In June this year KNRM will be hosting a Fundraising and Communications skillshare in the Netherlands. This will be open to all IMRF members and others with an interest in fundraising and communications, and will consist of two days of plenaries, workshops and round table sessions that will shine a light on fundraising and communications to explore and adapt to the specific needs of working for a lifeboat institution.

Mass Rescue Operations: IMRF’s First Subject-Matter Expert Course

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Over the last few years the IMRF’s maritime mass rescue operations (MRO) project has produced a good deal. We have held three subject-specific conferences and in June we will be running a fourth. We have brought together useful material and developed a series of guidance papers and an e-book on MRO issues and potential solutions: visit www.imrfmro.org (new window) to find out more. We have an ongoing series of MRO workshops, for emergency responders around the world to get together and focus on these most challenging of SAR cases.

Mass Rescue Operations: Learning from Experience

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As regular readers will know, the fourth in the IMRF’s acclaimed series of conferences on maritime mass rescue operations will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Monday & Tuesday 12-13 June 2017, with a live exercise during the late afternoon of Sunday 11th as an ‘optional extra’, at no extra charge, for delegates arriving in the city over the weekend.

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