Rescue coordination centre
A rescue coordination centre or RCC is a primary search and rescue facility in a country that is staffed by supervisory personnel and equipped for coordinating and controlling search and rescue operations.
RCC's are responsible for a geographic area, known as a "search and rescue region of responsibility" (SRR). SRR's are designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). RCC's are operated unilaterally by personnel of a single military service (e.g. an Air Force, or a Navy) or a single civilian service (e.g. a national Police force, or a Coast Guard).
A Joint Rescue Coordination Centre or JRCC is a special type of RCC that is operated by personnel from multiple military services, civilian services, or a combination of military and/or civilian services.
A Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre or MRSC is a special type of RCC dedicated exclusively to organizing search and rescue in a maritime environment. A MRSC usually is subservient to a RCC and is used to take the workload for a particular geographic area within the SRR.
- United States - United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force are partners in Joint Rescue Coordination Centers under the National Search and Rescue Plan.
- Canada - Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Forces Search and Rescue (Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy) are partners in Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centres; CCG operates Maritime Rescue Sub-Centres to offload work from JRCC
- "Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms" (pdf). U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- "National Search And Rescue Committee". U.S. Coast Guard Office of Search and Rescue. U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved 26 March 2013.