On March 28th 2018 the annual training seminar on Safety of Maritime Activities was conducted at “ZENON” Coordination Center in Larnaca. The conference was attended by Representatives of over 30 governmental agencies and other private and voluntary bodies that will be called to participate in Search and Rescue operations, close to the shore.
The participants were welcomed by JRCC’s commander, Commodore Costas Fitiris, expressing his satisfaction for the high level of professionalism and cooperation between the involved teams dealing with maritime activities related to Search and Rescue and also highlighted the importance of the provision of effective Search and Rescue services as an enhancement to the endeavors of the Republic of Cyprus for further establishment as a safe and well organized destination in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The seminar was organized by the JRCC aiming to raise awareness on incident prevention and response and also on matters related to Search and Rescue close to the coast. Furthermore, improvement measures of cooperation between all the teams/services involved aiming to be implemented within 2018 were announced.
NEW APPLICATION FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
During the seminar, the smart phone application, the CyJRCC SfTrX (SafeTrX) for iOS and Android platforms, was presented for the first time. The application is an initiative of JRCC Larnaca, aiming to further improve the Search and Rescue system and to reduce the response time of receiving an alert sent by a vessel or person in distress, close to the shore. More specifically, the user will be able to send an emergency call/alert, using the smart phone, directly to the Operations Room of the JRCC, displayed on Google Maps. The alert includes information about the user and the user’s last recorded location. CyJRCC SfTrX is an innovative system and establishes Cyprus as an example in maritime prevention and rescue, with the cooperation and utilization of all the involved governmental and private sector authorities, under the coordination of the JRCC.
You can download the app for free via the following links and also the JRCC website.