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SAR 2012: Caution sounded over government-imposed interoperability

19th March 2012 - 10:58 GMT | by Tony Skinner in Dublin

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Interoperability should be driven by need rather than being institutionalised, according to the UK’s chief coast guard, reflecting on the likely success of future SAR collaborations.

At the SAR Europe conference in Dublin on 16 March, Rod Johnson, chief coastguard with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, sounded a word of caution about introducing European-wide practices in relation to SAR operations.

'Interoperability is not homogenisation- interoperability is finding those areas where you can make common cause with another state or another organisation where you work together to save money and time. It is not something I believe that can be institutionalised,'

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