The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is calling for nominations and entries for its H.E.R.O (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards 2017.
An estimated 400,000 lives are lost in the world’s waters every year, a number that would be much higher without the outstanding work done by individuals and teams in the maritime search and rescue (SAR) sector.
Too often the full story is not told, as the rescues take place beyond the horizon. There are teams of people working together to coordinate the rescues, while new technology and innovations are helping to reduce the time it takes to complete a rescue, taking the “search” out of search and rescue. There are individuals who are working selflessly to make sure that those in distress can be saved, and there are people who have given a lifetime of service to make the world’s waters safer.
The IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards seek to recognize some of these exceptional individuals and organizations around the world that make maritime SAR possible.
The IMRF is an NGO bringing the world's maritime SAR organizations together to share knowledge and improve maritime SAR coordination and response so more people in distress on the sea can be saved.
There are four categories in the IMRF H.E.R.O Awards 2017:
• Individual award recognizing outstanding contribution by an individual in a maritime SAR operation
• Team award, recognizing outstanding contribution by a team or teams in the maritime SAR ecosystem working together to save lives, sponsored by McMurdo.
• Innovation and Technology award recognizing new products and technologies developed that improve the work and success of SAR organizations.
• The Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service to SAR by an individual or organization, sponsored by Inmarsat.
Nominations can be made online at www.imrfhero.org/nomination-form alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0044 (0)1569 767405 for an application form. The closing date is July 28, 2017.
The H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 recognize actions that took place, or were completed, in the period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Any individual or organization anywhere in the world can be nominated for a H.E.R.O Award.
All of the submissions will then be assessed by the judges and the winners announced at an awards dinner held at the RNLI, Poole, in the U.K. and online, November 2, 2017.
The H.E.R.O awards 2017 are sponsored by McMurdo, a global leader in emergency response and readiness, and Inmarsat, a global satellite owner and operator which provides mobile and fixed communications services to the maritime industry.