H.E.R.O. Awards: Maritime search and rescue recognition

H.E.R.O. Awards: Maritime search and rescue recognition

London: Regular readers of this site might recall we are not generally fond of shipping industry awards. However, we also do have an open mind. So when an email release popped into the Maritime CEO inbox today on a new awards scheme, it piqued our interest.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is has launched the Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations Awards, the H.E.R.O. Awards, which will recognise outstanding services to global maritime search and rescue.
The H.E.R.O. Awards have been developed in cooperation with IMRF partner McMurdo and will draw attention to the life-saving work done in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) across the world.  The awards are focused on recognising not only individuals for courageous rescue missions, but also the support networks and organisations which enable such missions to take place.
Bruce Reid, CEO of the IMRF, reckons that by highlighting these achievements, there should be further recognition by the wider international community including governments, non-governmental organisations, the news media, and the general public.
“The challenge for maritime search and rescue is that much of their work is beyond the horizon and so not visible to members of the public,” Reid tells Maritime CEO. “We want to recognise the excellent work that is being done across this SAR ecosystem from the rescuers to the planners and coordinators and the developers.”
Any individual or organisation that has shown excellence in SAR response, anywhere in the world, may be nominated. The primary criterion for nomination for a H.E.R.O. Award will be a major contribution to SAR with acts of bravery honoured equally alongside innovatory ideas with technical and/or intellectual excellence.
The closing date for applications is 2400 UTC on 29 July 2016. For full details on how to enter, and the terms and conditions of entry, click here.

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