Working with the Technical Cooperation Division of the IMO and IMRF Trustee Mohammed Drissi, the SAR Coordinator for Morocco and regional coordinator for North & West Africa, the IMRF Secretariat has put together a programme of proposed SAR development activity for 2016.
We intend to build on the activity of the past three years and maintain the momentum developed in African SAR, whenever possible including representatives of several States and regions in joint training. We also intend to increase the number of on-site training opportunities delivered by trainers who have come through the Morocco and DGzRS (German Maritime SAR Service) RCC programmes. This is a cost-effective way of delivering training that would previously have required bringing trainees to a central location. It has the added bonus of training people on the equipment they have in their own Coordination Centre.
The training programme includes basic and advanced on-scene and SAR mission coordination, including a course delivered in French; SAR administration; and a practical mass rescue exercise and conference. There will also be regional and inter-regional meetings, to discuss issues such as the safety of artisanal fishermen as well as SAR.
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