News Release; HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Department of Marine and Ports Services and marine first responders recently completed a training course in Search and Rescue (SAR). The training, conducted by Frontier Emergency Management Solutions, brought together thirty dedicated marine responders from various sectors, including the Spirit of Bermuda, Marine and Ports Services, pilot boat crews, Branch Pilots, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Services, The Royal Bermuda Regiment Coast Guard, and the Marine Operations Center. The course was endorsed by the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority (BSMA) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The intensive week-long program is designed to be as practical as possible, balancing classroom and hands-on training sessions. Participants utilised their boats and onboard equipment while learning and practising essential lifesaving skills in real-life scenarios. The on-the-water drills took place in Murray’s Anchorage, Five Fathom Hole, and St. George’s Harbour, providing realistic environments for participants to enhance their search and rescue capabilities. BIOS was the location for the classroom exercises.

Director of Marine and Ports Service Rudy Cann underscored the Department’s commitment to providing professional training for their team. Mr. Cann said, “In conjunction with the Rescue Coordination Center of Bermuda, our marine first responders have a crucial role in ensuring the safety of our waters. We are proud of our team’s accomplishments and remain committed to excellence in maritime safety and emergency response.”

Pilot Warden Mario Thompson expressed his enthusiasm for the training’s success, stating: “The commitment and enthusiasm shown by all participants were truly inspiring. This SAR course has boosted our responders’ confidence and significantly enhanced their skills, ensuring they are well-prepared to handle maritime emergencies effectively. The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the professionalism and preparedness of the instructors.”