The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held next month on the 24 May at The Star Hotel Gold Coast, (previously Jupiter’s) Queensland. The conference again follows the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, running consecutively at the same venue.
Mr Chris Butler, Assistant Director Training and Education at Marine Rescue NSW joins us next month on the Gold Coast to discuss ‘Training the contemporary Marine Rescue volunteer’.
Exemption 24 Marine Safety (Emergency services vessels) 2016, came into force on 1 July 2016 and sets out the arrangements for the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) sector. The Exemption describes an extension of capability (rescue) above the standard commercial framework. It sets the foundation training requirements for VMRs and provides opportunity to extend beyond this minimum standard to establish an optimally skilled and professional marine rescue volunteer workforce.
VMRs across Australia are now better positioned to ensure that their volunteers are trained to a level that meets its operational needs, and in doing so provide a safer and more effective service to the community.
The 3,100 Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) volunteers spread across 45 units in NSW are amongst the busiest in the country. Exemption 24, combined with a significant investment in volunteer training and development in the past few years, including a new suite of training resources, has seen the establishment of one of the most highly effective VMRs in Australia.
For more information on the 2017 Search and Rescue Conference and to secure your spot, visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au.
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