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  • MH370 disappearance proves that maritime search capabilities “need to be reviewed”MH370 disappearance proves that maritime search capabilities “need to be reviewed”
    January 2015
    The past twelve months – and indeed the past year few years – have seen their share of large-scale Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts across the international landscape in spite of them being generally rare within the scope of ‘normal’ SAR incidents. Of course, most recently, accidents involving large aircraft and ship incidents have been dominating the headlines, with maritime and aeronautical rescue operations under heavy demand. David Jardine-Smith of the International Maritime Rescue Federation helps us to understand what needs to be improved for mass rescue...


  • Survey Results: Search and Rescue 2014 - the yearSurvey Results: Search and Rescue 2014 - the year's biggest concerns
    View the infographic (PDF) to see the results of this year's Search and Rescue Europe Survey, which posed four important questions to the SAR community: What are the most pressing concerns for 2014? What is the biggest overall barrier to SAR development? What do we think will have the biggest impact on future SAR operations? And which regions are the community interested in learning more

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  • Swedish Search and Rescue crossing bordersSwedish Search and Rescue crossing borders
    January 2014
    Sweden has the geographical size and variance to require an hugely efficient and accessible Search and Rescue effort. Defence IQ spoke with SAR Europe 2014 speaker Kjell Larsson, the Senior Adviser to the Swedish Government on Civil Protection Matters and the Head of the United Nation's UNDAC Review, to explore existing policies, improvements in multinational coordination, and the tough subject of realistics response targets. Find out how the Nordic Region hopes to develop in the coming years...
  • Rescuing lives in the harshest environmentsRescuing lives in the harshest environments
    November 2013
    Search and Rescue (SAR) and aeromedical forces worldwide are united by the common goal of being fast onto the scene and ensuring safe passage from harm to all victims stranded in the most undesirable of circumstances. While difficult enough on the surface, those who operate in the most extreme climates often have not just a more urgent need to decrease their response time – given the environmental hazards to the victims – but also far less opportunity to benefit from local infrastructure and assistance. Further confounding the issue is that many of these less inhabitable environments exist in troubled political regions, adding a further element of violence to the list of threats and thereby making some of these operations the most daring of all...


  • SAR Priorities for the Arctic Region in Response to Increasing ShippingSAR Priorities for the Arctic Region in Response to Increasing Shipping

    Michael Hjorth, Commander, Chief Operations, Joint Arctic Command, joins Search and Rescue Europe to discuss SAR in the Arctic region. Firstly he sets out the Arctic priorities for SAR. There’s been a marked increase in ship traffic in the Arctic region and ultimately it’s becoming more relevant to run regular, large scale SAR exercises. He discusses steps towards a SAR agreement between Arctic nations which will set up regular SAR exercises in the area. Finally, he talks about the recent SAREX exercise which reconstructed a cruise ship vessel going down in the Arctic to practice pooling resources together for a rescue of this kind.
    Listen to the podcast or download the transcript.

  • How the IMRF is working to improve Mass Rescue Operations Response globallyHow the IMRF is working to improve Mass Rescue Operations Response globally
    David Jardine-Smith, Secretary, IMRF, joins Search and Rescue Europe to share insight into the IMRF’s project to improve Mass Rescue Operations Response globally, and to offer advice on how the Search and Rescue community can best carry out effective planning and training for MRO.
  • Situational Awareness and Situation Management with Mark Denari
    This exclusive IDGA podcast features management expert Mark Denari and how situational awareness challenges can be applied to emergency management.


  • Search and Rescue Europe Industry Survey Report 2013Search and Rescue Europe Industry Survey Report 2013
    In preparation for Search and Rescue Europe 2013, we conducted an industry-wide survey to get a view of the current trends and challenges in the industry. Among the findings, the report revealed that 34.3% consider too many resources with no clear leadership strategy is biggest barrier to a seamless SAR response. The full results are presented in this report.




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