Kolbeinn Gudmundsson


Kolbeinn Gudmundsson

Kolbeinn is a rescue man/rescue swimmer, medic and navigation officer aboard ICG helicopters and previously a navigation officer aboard ICG vessels around Iceland and in Frontex operations in the Mediterranean sea. He worked in the ICG OPS directorate on operations, planning and cooperation in and around Iceland and the Arctic. He was also on the board of ARCSAR, a EU funded project on SAR in the Arctic and participated in numerous other multinational projects. One of his projects included being a lead planner for both large scale military exercises and operational planning. Kolbeinn served for the ICG and Ministry for foreign affairs as a naval officer in current operations and short term planning in a NATO Land Component Command for Eastern Europe participating in operations, planning and exercises. He has also worked as a HSE manager, consultant and trainer internally and in industrial construction projects for HRV Engineering. Kolbeinn also has experience as a EMT in Southern Iceland and on EMS and rescue on the Karahahnjukar hydroelectrical project in the Eastern Icelandic highland. Lastly he has been active in a local Volunteer SAR group for 25 years focusing on mountain and maritime rescue. Both as a practitioner and instructor.

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Icelandic Coast Guard helicopters often operate jointly with terrestrial rescue units on SAR missions. Assumptions are sometimes made on helicopter capabilities based on experience from how terrain, weather and sustainability affect ground vehicles but are not applicable to helicopters. Therefore we will cover some capabilities and limitations of ICG helicopters on joint operations. Examples will be taken from real operations to better explain this difference. We will also cover crew composition, aircraft type, current mission trends and changes in the next few years.