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Second IMRF Course in Mass Rescue Operations Planning Held in Sweden

Second IMRF Course in Mass Rescue Operations Planning Held in Sweden

On 4-6 September 2018 the IMRF held its second ‘subject-matter expert’ course in maritime mass rescue operations, at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. There were 26 participants from around the world – from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the UK.

The course considered, in some depth, issues common to such events – especially how to fill the SAR ‘capability gap’ implicit in the International Maritime Organization’s definition of an MRO, which is “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”.

Participants discussed details of such operations and their coordination, the need for effective communications in what are complex and stressful circumstances, and the necessary training and testing regimes.

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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.

Now we’re introducing a new element to this work: an MRO subject-matter training course (new window).

We announced this new venture in December, and considerable interest has been expressed in attending the first course. This will be held at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 14-16 June 2017, immediately after our MRO conference in that same fine city. We expect that it will be followed by others, elsewhere in the world.

The planning team has been working on the details, and we believe that the course will be of significant value in improving MRO preparedness, and saving more lives – which is why the IMRF is running it. Those attending will be able to acquire a much fuller understanding of the MRO issues. Learning outcomes will include an enhanced ability to identify, analyse and understand the problems, and to propose solutions. This learning can then be applied by attendees when they get back home.

It is important to note that the course is not for everyone. It is primarily intended for senior managers such as national SAR Coordinators, other strategic planners, and trainers. Attendees will be those who have, or who expect to have, planning and training responsibilities at national or major organisational level, or who can offer planning and/or training services in this area. A wide knowledge of maritime SAR systems and procedures, as set out in the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual, will be a prerequisite for attendance. The course will be conducted in English.

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The course fee for IMRF members will be €500, and for non-members €800. A €200 reduction in the overall fee is offered if you attend both the mass rescue conference and the course. The planning team note that attending the conference will be of benefit to course members – but it will not be a requirement. You need to know how maritime SAR works in detail, though, so as to be able to benefit fully from the course. We will not have time to go over the basics.

Places on the course must be strictly limited, to enable everyone attending to participate fully. If you are interested, you can find out more at www.imrfmro.org/homeg4 (new window). Follow the ‘Subject-Matter Expert Course’ links and, if you would like to apply, you can do so online. No payment will be requested until after your application has been accepted.

If you would like to enquire about sponsorship opportunities or IMRF membership, please email info@imrf.org.uk, or telephone +44 (0)1569 767405.

About ....

20170615 155313smallaAbout the IMRF Mass Rescue Operations - Subject-Matter Expert Course - 2018

 

The IMRF’s Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) Project shares lessons learned in these very challenging SAR events via conferences and workshops and in our online material at www.imrfmro.org.

Building on the success of the first IMRF MRO subject-matter expert course, held in June 2017, a second course will be held at Chalmers University, in Gothenburg, Sweden, in association with the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS) from Tuesday to Thursday, 4-6 September 2018.

 

Aim of the Course

The aim of the subject-matter expert course is to help prepare those with responsibilities for complex incident planning and response, particularly at senior command, control & coordination levels.

Attendees will already have extensive SAR / emergency planning expertise.

The course will enable them to study maritime MRO issues, challenges and potential solutions in depth, acquiring subject-matter expert skills which can then be applied in their local / regional planning and preparation.

 

Course Format

Self-preparation, before the course, including assessment of the attendee’s local MRO capabilities and challenges
Three full days of interactive study of the maritime MRO issues, guided by expert facilitators
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Post-course application of lessons learned and skills acquired, supported by the material available in the IMRF’s online MRO reference library.

The First Course in 2017

The first IMRF Mass Rescue Operations Subject-Matter Expert course in 2017 was a hit, and it sold out very quickly!

Below a selection on what the very first course was about...

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