Lifesaving organization refits 44 vessels with cost-effective approach
If you’re Dutch, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij, or KNRM, might be a household name. For the rest of the world, the KNRM is also known as the Royal Dutch Rescue Society, and the organization dates back to 1824 when Dutch warship “De Vrede” was stranded along the Dutch coast. While ten people were rescued successfully, six of the rescuers were lost, and the indignation of the residents of Amsterdam and Rotterdam led to fundraising campaigns to establish two professional rescue organizations, now jointly known as the KNRM.
Since that fateful day, the KNRM has grown into a trusted lifesaving organization, comparable to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the United Kingdom and the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service. Entirely financed by private donations, the KNRM maintains over 70 vessels ranging from small boats to 21-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) and employs over 1300 volunteers at rescue stations staffed around the clock.