“This is the only course that I know of that not only provides a complete overview of what a mass rescue operation is, and how to develop and implement a plan to deal with it.
The course also provides a rare forum for global experts to gather together and share real-world experiences, thereby combining the theoretical with the practical.”
Clay Evans – Canadian Coast Guard
This application form is to assess if you have the necessary knowledge to participate in the IMRF Mass Rescue Operations Subject-Matter Expert Course - 2018.
Places are strictly limited, last year the course was oversubscribed, so complete your application form today.
We will not have time during the course to explain the basics of maritime emergency response, so a knowledge of these, as set out in the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual, will be a prerequisite for attendance.
Preference will be given to applicants who have, or who can show that they will have, planning and training responsibilities at a high level nationally or within major response organisations. Applicants in a position to influence national and international maritime emergency response planning will also be considered.
The course is founded on the legal requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and Maritime Search and Rescue Conventions. Under the latter Convention, States “shall, as they are able to do so individually or in cooperation with other States […], participate in the development of search and rescue services to ensure that assistance is rendered to any person in distress at sea”.
The course content will be based on the guidance developed in the IMRF’s Mass Rescue Operations Project (see http://www.imrfmro.org (new window)), underpinned (as that guidance is) by the provisions of the IAMSAR Manual.
The Manual defines a mass rescue operation as “characterised by the need for immediate response to large numbers of persons in distress such that the capabilities normally available to the search and rescue authorities are inadequate”.
Mass rescue operations are therefore among the most serious emergencies that may be faced by those responsible for providing search and rescue services.
The Application Form
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