McMurdo Group, a division of Orolia that specialises in search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions, has opened an Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center at its Washington, D.C. location. The company claims it’s the world’s first of its kind.

The state-of-the-art centre will showcase the latest innovations and technology developments for search and rescue (SAR) in an immersive experience with real-time demonstrations of the entire SAR process – from distress beacon activation to satellite-based location detection to emergency response coordination.

“This cutting-edge Experience Centre allows us to demonstrate the incredible advancements being made in search and rescue all in a single location,” comments Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of McMurdo.

Visitors will gain an understanding of the different search and rescue technologies by taking part in various search and rescue scenarios. Participants will also have the opportunity to sit at the controls of mission control centre and rescue coordination centre systems, similar to the McMurdo solutions used around the world by NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and other leading SAR authorities.

“The McMurdo Experience Center is unique in its ability to make the entire search and rescue process come to life which we haven’t seen done before in a centralized setting,” said Bruce Reid, CEO, International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). “We at the IMRF are delighted to be working with McMurdo on a variety of SAR training, education and awareness activities. Access to this location as a true center of excellence for the search and rescue sector can only enhance this activity.”

In addition to experiencing the search and rescue process, guests will see SAR-enhanced applications such as fleet management, coastal surveillance and innovative partner solutions for maritime, aviation, fishing, maritime, military, and other industries. Classroom training and other educational sessions led by industry experts and SAR specialists will also take place at the new site.