Picton, Ontario Canada. IAMSAR Solutions, a global provider in Search and Rescue (SAR) training services, is pleased to announce its long term provision of continuous SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) training to personnel of the Netherlands Coast Guard. IAMSAR Solutions has reached a 4-year contractual agreement with the administrator of the Coast Guard, The Netherlands Ministry of Defence – Joint Support Command.  

The IAMSAR Solutions SMC course is based on international standards and recommendations found in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), world SAR benchmarks and subject matter expertise from our resident SAR experts. Each 3-week course is carefully designed to address the needs of the receiving organization in a regional contextual environment. Academic instruction is supplemented with practical hands-on exercises and simulations using local Search and Rescue Units (SRU) callsigns and geographical locations.

The Netherlands Coast Guard’s solid reputation for excellence in SAR operations is widely known in the community. Since its official establishment in 1987, it has continuously evolved to address the needs of its citizens and international vessels in its waters. The Netherlands recognizes the importance of effective, quality-driven training to support its personnel in the crucial task of responding to aeronautical and maritime emergencies. This collaboration ensures that new and existing personnel at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Den Helder will continue to participate in the type of elite training and ongoing education that makes them a world class centre of Search and Rescue operations.

Mr. Jean Houde, founder and CEO of IAMSAR Solutions, commented on reaching this milestone: “We are extremely pleased to forge this new and durable alliance with the Netherlands Coast Guard extending beyond 2024. It is a tribute to our ongoing commitment to standardize SAR practices to ensure the highest level of service to the individuals and families of those facing maritime and aeronautical emergency situations. Our approach is to train people to investigate each emergency relentlessly, and to react with the same level of care that we would wish for, if one of our own family members was in distress. Our motto is to Train as you Fight.”