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About the IMRF Awards

About the IMRF Awards

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards aim to recognise some of the exceptional individuals and organisations around the world that make maritime search and rescue (SAR) possible.

The IMRF Awards (formerly known as the H.E.R.O. Awards) have proved a great success in the previous years, raising awareness of the excellent work done by those involved in the maritime SAR community, including highlighting innovative new SAR products and technologies.

We have four categories one can make a nomination in:

minilogoimrf3 Individual Award   - for outstanding individual contribution to a maritime SAR operation;
minilogoimrf3 Team Award – for outstanding team contribution to a maritime SAR operation;
minilogoimrf3 Innovation & Technology Award - for innovation and technology in maritime search and rescue;
minilogoimrf3 Lifetime Achievement Award – for outstanding contribution to maritime search and rescue ‘The Vladimir Maksimov Award'.

Make your Nomination for the IMRF Awards 2019 today!

Final Chance to Enter Nominations for the IMRF Awards 2018

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The IMRF Awards offer an invaluable way to raise awareness of the excellent work done by all those involved in maritime search and rescue

There are just a few days left before the deadline for nominations for the IMRF Awards 2018 on Tuesday 31 July. Nominations can be made online (http://www.imrfawards.org/nomination-form-imrf-awards (new window)), by e-mail imrfawards@imrf.org.uk, or by phone 0044 (0)1569 767405, but time is running out.” says Theresa Crossley, CEO IMRF.

Last year’s event attracted entries from around the world and the winners ranged from a first mate on a dry bulk tanker who jumped into the sea to lead a daring man overboard rescue in rough seas, to a migrant rescue vessel in the Mediterranean which prevented the mass drownings of more than 1,800 people over one weekend.

Two volunteers who had worked tirelessly to establish and build a search and rescue (SAR) organisation from scratch in Croatia were also selected as winners, alongside a team that had created and developed an international SAR programme to train other SAR leaders in drowning prevention in countries where it’s a major cause of death.

We would like to beat the number of nominations that we received last year (nearly 50). There are undoubtedly many instances of inspiring, exceptional achievements in the world of maritime search and rescue. Act now to raise the profile of the individuals, teams or organisations who deserve recognition for their activities – nominate them for the IMRF Awards!” adds Theresa Crossley, CEO IMRF.

The Awards have a range of categories, all designed to give deserving nominees – wherever they are in the world - an opportunity to be recognised for their actions, expertise and skills, when saving lives in exceptional circumstances.
There’s also a category for innovation and technology, offering an important opportunity to showcase new SAR products, technologies and techniques that could help improve SAR operations and save more lives.

This year’s IMRF Awards ceremony and dinner will be hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS)  (new window) at their new high-tech training centre, RS Noatun near Horten in Norway, following the IMRF’s annual European Regional Meeting.

The event’s hosts will also present an IMRF Local Hero Award 2018, which will be awarded to an exceptional SAR individual from Norway, nominated by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.

Enter the IMRF Awards now! There are four categories : 

•   The IMRF Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation;
The IMRF Award for Outstanding Team Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation; 
Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue (to recognize technological innovations that improve maritime SAR locally and globally for the rescuer and/or for those being rescued); 
The IMRF Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector.

Nominations can be made online at: http://www.imrfawards.org/nomination-form-imrf-awards (new window), or by e-mail to: imrfawards@imrf.org.uk. or by phone: 0044 (0)1569 767405 for an application form. 

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday, 31 July 2018.

The IMRF Awards 2018 recognise actions that took place in the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Any individual or organisation anywhere in the world can be nominated for an IMRF Award.

All of the submissions will be assessed by a panel of judges and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue in Norway, on Thursday, 8 November 2018.

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