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What Are the IMRF Awards?

The IMRF Awards was brought into life by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and Orolia/McMurdo in 2016 (then called the H.E.R.O. Awards) to raise awareness and recognition of the hard-working individuals and organisations making maritime Search and Rescue possible.


The IMRF Awards:

minilogoimrf Raise awareness of the excellent work done by all those involved in the maritime SAR community, with the aim of increasing government, commercial and public recognition, support and funding;
minilogoimrf Reward the selfless efforts and achievements of individuals who make sacrifices to save lives, on the water or in support;
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H.E.R.O. Awards 2015-2016 Nominations Are Now Closed


Thank You

Thank You for Your Nominations

Thank you to everyone who has made nominations of been nominated for the IMRF H.E.R.O Awards.

We have been overwhelmed by the nominations and will now start the shortlisting process.

Final details on the venues for the awards announcements will be announced in the next 2 weeks, but please put the 15 November 2016, which is when the winners will be announced, in your diary. The announcement will be made at the McMurdo Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center (new window) in Washington, USA, coinciding with an awards evening at the IMRF European SAR Development Meeting (venue and host to be confirmed).

Please forward any enquiries you have regarding the H.E.R.O awards to Steve Roberts at s.roberts@imrf.org.uk, or use our Contact Us Form.

We will keep you posted as we build towards the announcements.


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The Purpose

The Purpose of the H.E.R.O. Awards is to:

Raise awareness of the unstinting work of those involved in the SAR community with the aim of increasing Government, Commercial and Agency funding
Reward the selfless efforts and achievements of individuals who make many sacrifices to save lives
Raise awareness of search and rescue products, technologies and processes with the aim of spreading ideas for innovation and improvement
Raise awareness of the role and responsibilities of the IMRF with the aim of increasing membership and participation
Help SAR organisations gain the recognition they deserve for their work

The Awards will reward courage, excellence, exceptional performance, support teams and networks as well as those individuals or organisations making a major contribution to SAR.

The H.E.R.O. Awards will therefore equally honour acts of bravery alongside those responsible for innovatory ideas with technical and/or intellectual excellence, which in unison make SAR work safer for the rescuer and the rescued alike.


Last year, the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) launched the second IMRF Awards - then called the H.E.R.O. Awards - recognising just some of the exceptional individuals and organisations around the world that make maritime search and rescue (SAR) possible.

The inaugural IMRF Awards were a great success, raising awareness of the excellent work done by those involved in the maritime SAR community, recognising outstanding bravery and achievements and highlighting innovative new SAR products and technologies.


We are now seeking sponsors for the IMRF Awards 2018.


Find out more and see what the IMRF can offer you in return!


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International Maritime Rescue Federation
IMRF Awards
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Tel: +44 (0) 1569 767405

E-mail:  imrfawards@imrf.org.uk

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