Do you know a SAR hero? If you are involved in maritime search and rescue, of course you do. And you know too that SAR heroes come in all shapes and sizes – from the men and women out at sea, at the front line of saving lives, to those who support them ashore; coordinators, boat launchers, administrators, fundraisers, developers, and people working on innovations that will keep rescuers safer, and casualties alive. There are heroes everywhere.
The IMRF believes that such heroes should be acknowledged. We know that SAR people do not do what they do for awards; but awards are still important. We want to raise the profile of maritime SAR around the world, so that everyone from Government ministers to the man and woman on the street can see just how much it takes to set up and run a maritime SAR service.
To this end, with the strong support of IMRF Associate Members McMurdo, the IMRF is instituting its H.E.R.O. Awards – Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations. Our aim is to recognise and thank individuals and teams for courageous rescue missions, technical innovations, development initiatives and other outstanding services to maritime SAR, in keeping with the IMRF’s mission to improve global SAR and help prevent loss of life at sea. The HERO Awards will honour equally acts of courage and of innovation and SAR development, drawing attention to technical and intellectual excellence as well as the more visible acts of rescue.
The 2016 Awards will recognise actions that took place, or were completed, in the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. The closing date for nominations is 29 July 2016. Any individual or organisation anywhere in the world may be nominated.
For full details on how to enter visit www.imrfhero.org; write to The H.E.R.O. Awards Coordinator, International Maritime Rescue Federation, 50 Allardice Street, Stonehaven AB39 2RA, UK; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone +44 (0)1569 767405.
Let’s get our heroes the recognition they deserve!