Hero/Heroine: A person who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through impressive feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength.
Maritime search and rescue is a world full of heroes and heroines, they are all around you! In coastal communities they are the baker and the bin man who jump onto a lifeboat when the pager goes off; they are the helicopter crew who battle through storms to rescue the survivors from a sinking ship; at the beach they are the lifeguards who are always ready to pull a drowning casualty from the water; they are the engineers designing equipment which will saves lives for generations to come; they are the inventors who have an idea for apps that help rescuers locate you when your yacht is in difficulties. In April this year the IMRF, in partnership with McMurdo, set out to find these heroes/heroines and honour their excellence in rescue operations.
Sea rescue, innovative lifesaving equipment, personal commitment and organisational capability, all feature in the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s (IMRF) short list for the H.E.R.O. Awards, introduced for the first time this year.
The H.E.R.O. Awards have been developed in cooperation with IMRF partner, McMurdo, of www.mcmurdogroup.com, a global leader of emergency readiness and response solutions, and will draw attention to the life-saving work done in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) across the world.
p>At the IMRF secretariat we work with SAR organisations worldwide and, from the comfort of our office, we not only hear about the inspirational missions that occur, we get sent through stories of technical innovation that has changed the way SAR operates.
We are always in awe of what our members and the SAR community achieve so in April of this year we began our very own search mission. We may not have been heading out into stormy seas in search of a missing yacht but our mission was important: we set out to search for a H.E.R.O!
London, Monday, 10 October 2016. The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) today reveals the long list of entries for its H.E.R.O. awards – launched in April this year.
The 30 finalists range from companies, maritime search and rescue organisations and individuals involved in technological developments to those involved with design and innovation, services and training, as well as those actively engaged in saving lives in the world’s waters.
Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will commemorate the untimely passing earlier this year of one of the architects of its Maritime Safety Operations network by sponsoring the first International Maritime Rescue Federation H.E.R.O. Award for outstanding service to maritime search and rescue, 'The Vladimir Maksimov Award'.
The sponsorship is seen as a fitting tribute to Vladimir Maksimov, Inmarsat Manager Maritime Safety Operations, who died on 4th May 2016 after a short illness, following 25 years with Inmarsat. Mr Maksimov played a central role in the Inmarsat safety team.