Post Authority Host Multi-Agency Search And Rescue Training At University Of Gibraltar

1st March 2016

The Gibraltar Port Authority hosted a Search and Rescue (SAR) training course this week at the University of Gibraltar for its own staff and other response agencies in Gibraltar as part of a collaborative initiative to enhance Gibraltar’s response to SAR incidents in BGTW.

Operations staff from the Port Authority, the Marine Units of the Royal Gibraltar Police, the Gibraltar Defence Police, HM Customs and the Queen’s Harbour Master attended the five-day course at the Europa Point campus with the SAROps training being provided by Mr Tim Parker, the head of SARtacs, an emergency response and search and rescue training and consultancy business based in the UK.

The bespoke training included SAR administration, mission planning and on-scene coordination. The course also provided daily syndicate exercises with the aim of teaching participants to effectively manage the response to maritime search and rescue incidents.

CEO and Captain of the Port, Commodore Bob Sanguinetti, said: “This course has provided an important training opportunity for the Port Authority staff, who are usually the first contact for any safety of life at sea incidents and we are pleased that our colleagues in the other marine response agencies could also benefit from the training”.