The Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) Regional Forums recently took place in May/June at Colac, Traralgon and Port Melbourne, in Victoria.
The forums bring together the MSAR volunteer groups to connect, share ideas and discuss issues.
They also provide the opportunity for the sector to reflect on recent changes, achievements and progress made over the past year, as well as the next steps on the agenda.
Life Saving Victoria was represented at the forums by outgoing Director – Lifesaving Services Darren McLeod, incoming Director – Life Saving Services Kane Treloar, and numerous lifesaving clubs.
Attended by all volunteer marine search and rescue organisations, McLeod said it is important for LSV to be in attendance.
“As the peak body for water safety in Victoria, it’s essential for LSV to attend these forums to provide our input and ensure our procedures and operations are in line with other groups in the sector.
“The content is the same at all three forums and includes topics such as updates on policy development, finance and insurance, training, communications, vessel markings, the introduction of new response craft, leadership development, and current and emerging issues,” McLeod said.
Further information about the MSAR sector can be found on Emergency Management Victoria’s Marine Search and Rescue page.