International Life-Saving Federation

Fédération internationale de sauvetage aquatique (FIS)
Internationaler Verband für Wasserrettung

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1910 Paris France


1910, Paris (France), as Fédération internationale de sauvetage, at instigation of French national federation. First recommendations had been made by U-XU2679 - Mediterranean Life Saving Institute, 1878, Marseille (France), although only definitely set up at 3rd Congress, Sep 1926, Amsterdam (Netherlands), under the name International Association for Life-Saving and First Aid to the Injured (IALSFI) -- Association internationale de sauvetage et de premiers secours en cas d'accidents. Subsequently called Fédération internationale de sauvetage et de secourisme (FISS). Other name changes: 6 Feb 1952, Paris, at a constitutional meeting - Fédération internationale de sauvetage, de secourisme et de sports utilitaires; in 1963 - Fédération internationale de sauvetage et de sports utilitaires; 1985 - listed title. Ceased to exist, 2 Sep 1994, Cardiff (UK), when merged with U-XF0710 - World Life Saving (WLS) to form B-XC0121 - International Life Saving Federation (ILS), following merger agreement 24 Feb 1993, Leuven (Belgium).


Create, develop and support institutions concerned with life-saving in and at water; spread teaching through practical sports and scientific and technical research in the field; spread the idea of the social usefulness of activities aiming to strengthen every person in psycho-physical aptitude for life-saving; support the training of voluntary life-savers; organize international congresses on life-saving and practical first aid; practice life-saving training in water and ashore; foster world-wide friendship and solidarity between life-saving and first aid associations; improve life-saving devices and popularize new methods; participate in helping victims of disasters both in peace and war.


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