International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) brings the world’s maritime search and rescue organisations together in one global - and growing - family, having consultative status with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
IMRF’s member organisations share their lifesaving ideas, technologies and experiences and freely cooperate with one another to achieve their common humanitarian aim: “Preventing loss of life in the world’s waters”.
Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations 2016
The IMRF H.E.R.O awards – launched in April this year – are attracting nominations of dedicated and innovative individuals and SAR teams from around the world. These 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 by providing exceptional response and co-ordination as well as technical innovations and development initiatives.
The nominations can, therefore, range from an organisation that co-ordinated a rescue, saving hundreds of refugees in one night; to an individual or organisation whose quick thinking saved a child’s life; or a technical company, whose inventiveness and skill makes the work of SAR teams, around the world, safer and more effective.
D4H Technologies Nomination
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) noted;
Today’s H.E.R.O award story is about one of those technologies that represent the unseen heroes. D4H Technologies was founded in 2008 by Robin Blandford, combining his background in the Coast Guard with an accomplished team of computer scientists and emergency managers. Driven by a talented executive team, D4H Technologies’ mission is to provide the “Right Information When Things Go Wrong” and Search and Rescue organizations in numerous countries use their technology to manage fundraising, training and operations. They offer many different solutions and the D4H Decisions platform is designed exclusively for serving to the needs of Search and Rescue organizations by combining 3 elements: D4H Personnel & Training, D4H Equipment Management, and D4H Incident Reporting & Analytics. Search and Rescue units can use this platform to not only ensure that they know what team members are available and contact them quickly but they can also store incident information allowing detailed analysis which helps them to prepare for future missions. D4H Technologies may not be the physical hand that saves you but they are a crucial part of the whole network that makes search and rescue possible. This nomination is a great example of technical excellence, which makes SAR work safer for the rescuer and the rescued alike.
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We’re always interested in anything that helps SAR operations in improving their capabilities. Being able to track your Team is one of the reasons D4H Technologies for SAR was created.