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David Jardine-Smith, IMRF

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Secretary, IMRF, joins Search and Rescue Europe to share insight into the IMRF’s project to improve Maritime Rescue Operations Response globally, and to offer advice on how the Search and Rescue …

Secretary, IMRF, joins Search and Rescue Europe to share insight into the IMRF’s project to improve Maritime Rescue Operations Response globally, and to offer advice on how the Search and Rescue community can best carry out effective planning and training for MRO.

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  • 1. How the IMRF is working to improve Maritime Rescue Operations Response globally Interview by Helen Winsor, Search and Rescue EuropeDavid Jardine-Smith, Secretary, IMRF, joins Search and Rescue Europe to share insight into the IMRF’s project to improve Maritime Rescue Operations Response globally, and to offeradvice on how the Search and Rescue community can best carry out effective planning and training for MRO.SAR Europe: Today I’d like to ask you six questions, so firstly the IMRF are leading Searchand Rescue Europe’s focus day on Mass Rescue Operations so I’d like to ask you if youcould share some more insight into the IMRF project to improve maritime Mass RescueOperations response globally.D Jardine-Smith: The IMRF, that’s the International Maritime Rescue Federation, werepresent search and rescue organisations from all around the world aiming to work togetherto improve global search and rescue by sharing ideas, technologies, lessons learnt. Ourmembers have asked us to run a number of projects, like this one for example, developingguidelines on the build and equipment and crewing of small rescue craft for developing SARorganisations. The Mass Rescue Operations project, again our members have asked us tolead off on. We began by scoping the issue at a conference in Sweden in 2010 and are nowgetting on with the main areas of work agreed that we can make a difference in. There will befurther conferences, there are workshops; for example we just held one in Uruguay, and ofcourse the focus day at SAR Europe will be another such workshop or a different type ofworkshop. We’re also developing an online library to help our members with planning andpreparation for mass rescue events. Overall, the aims are to raise awareness of the problem,to share experience of course, that’s what we’re all about, if requested to we can help auditprogress in planning for mass rescue operations. We’re also in consultative status as a non-governmental organisation that the International Maritime Organisation, the IMO and anythingrelevant to the IMO will of course be reported to them as it comes out of the project. So that’sthe background to it. It’s a big area of work but an exciting one and we’re getting on with it.SAR Europe: It sounds like there are lots of resources for people. Why is this such a bigpriority for the IMRF?To download this interview in full please click here: http://bit.ly/TQjwznThe Search and Rescue Europe Conference 2013 will take place 19-21 March, ActionStations, Portsmouth. For information about the event visithttp://www.searchandrescueeurope.com/ contact us on 0800 652 2363 or +44 (0) 20 73689300 or email enquire@iqpc.co.uk now 1
  • 2. IQPCPlease note that we do all we can to ensure accuracy within the translation to word of audio interviews but that errors may stillunderstandably occur in some cases. If you believe that a serious inaccuracy has been made within the text, please contact +44(0) 207 368 9425 or email helen.winsor@iqpc.co.uk. 2

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