Play Video
1
Dramatic Coastguard Rescue In The Irish Sea !
Dramatic Coastguard Rescue In The Irish Sea !
::2012/10/30::
Play Video
2
26.08.14   Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter
26.08.14 Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter
::2014/08/26::
Play Video
3
Tetra Ireland, Irish Coast Guard Case Study
Tetra Ireland, Irish Coast Guard Case Study
::2014/11/13::
Play Video
4
Irish Coast Guard rescue 116 landing in Dun laoghaire
Irish Coast Guard rescue 116 landing in Dun laoghaire
::2014/09/14::
Play Video
5
Irish Coast Guard Rescue Four People in Silver Strand Beach Wicklow
Irish Coast Guard Rescue Four People in Silver Strand Beach Wicklow
::2014/07/03::
Play Video
6
Irish Coast Guard Water Safety Video
Irish Coast Guard Water Safety Video
::2010/06/23::
Play Video
7
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Patient Transfer at IMMA
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Patient Transfer at IMMA
::2014/03/30::
Play Video
8
2012 - A Year In Review: Irish Coast Guard, Howth Unit
2012 - A Year In Review: Irish Coast Guard, Howth Unit
::2012/12/31::
Play Video
9
Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter lands at Castlewellan Castle Co Down Northern Ireland
Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter lands at Castlewellan Castle Co Down Northern Ireland
::2008/09/22::
Play Video
10
Fastnet Lighthouse Dive + RIB rescue + Irish Coast Guard exercise
Fastnet Lighthouse Dive + RIB rescue + Irish Coast Guard exercise
::2010/08/30::
Play Video
11
Mid-Cliff Dog Rescue, Deer Park - Irish Coast Guard, Howth
Mid-Cliff Dog Rescue, Deer Park - Irish Coast Guard, Howth
::2014/04/10::
Play Video
12
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter rescues 3 youths in Killiney Bay
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter rescues 3 youths in Killiney Bay
::2011/06/14::
Play Video
13
JSAR 2013 flag is delivered via an Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Dingle, County Kerry.
JSAR 2013 flag is delivered via an Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Dingle, County Kerry.
::2013/07/26::
Play Video
14
Irish coast guard helicopter in work to save lives
Irish coast guard helicopter in work to save lives
::2014/06/21::
Play Video
15
Sikorsky S-92 Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Landing  W/Sling Load Hanging
Sikorsky S-92 Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Landing W/Sling Load Hanging
::2014/11/03::
Play Video
16
Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter - Sikorsky S-92
Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter - Sikorsky S-92
::2014/01/21::
Play Video
17
Sikorsky S-92 | Starting Up | Irish Coast Guard
Sikorsky S-92 | Starting Up | Irish Coast Guard
::2014/01/22::
Play Video
18
118 Irish Coast Guard Heilcopter at Sligo Airport Strandhill.
118 Irish Coast Guard Heilcopter at Sligo Airport Strandhill.
::2013/07/17::
Play Video
19
Irish coastguard take off up close
Irish coastguard take off up close
::2014/08/25::
Play Video
20
Irish Coast Guard training
Irish Coast Guard training
::2013/03/23::
Play Video
21
Irish Coast Guard
Irish Coast Guard
::2011/05/31::
Play Video
22
Howth Irish Coast guard rescuing teenage cliff fall 5 April 2014
Howth Irish Coast guard rescuing teenage cliff fall 5 April 2014
::2014/04/05::
Play Video
23
Irish Coast Guard
Irish Coast Guard '6 Ts'
::2013/07/04::
Play Video
24
The Sikorsky S 92 (Irish Coast Guard) lifting winch-man from Tramore bay
The Sikorsky S 92 (Irish Coast Guard) lifting winch-man from Tramore bay
::2013/10/09::
Play Video
25
Irish Coast Guard Rescue 177  RTE Promo
Irish Coast Guard Rescue 177 RTE Promo
::2010/09/30::
Play Video
26
Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S61N Helicopter Shadows Our Ferry
Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S61N Helicopter Shadows Our Ferry
::2008/10/21::
Play Video
27
Enniskillen lifeboat train with Irish Coast Guard helicopter
Enniskillen lifeboat train with Irish Coast Guard helicopter
::2013/10/24::
Play Video
28
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Training in Howth
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Training in Howth
::2013/12/21::
Play Video
29
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Waterford
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Waterford
::2013/03/07::
Play Video
30
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter lifting from Sligo Hospital
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter lifting from Sligo Hospital
::2014/04/04::
Play Video
31
Small craft warning from the Irish Coastguard
Small craft warning from the Irish Coastguard
::2014/04/22::
Play Video
32
Irish CoastGuard Sikorsky S-92 Rescue Helicopter
Irish CoastGuard Sikorsky S-92 Rescue Helicopter
::2012/07/22::
Play Video
33
Irish Coast Guard
Irish Coast Guard
::2013/06/08::
Play Video
34
Lough Neagh Rescue Irish Coastguard helicopter exercise (part 1 of 2)
Lough Neagh Rescue Irish Coastguard helicopter exercise (part 1 of 2)
::2008/09/14::
Play Video
35
Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter over The River Foyle, Derry - Londonderry - Clipper 2012
Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter over The River Foyle, Derry - Londonderry - Clipper 2012
::2014/02/27::
Play Video
36
Irish Coast Guard - Drogheda Unit
Irish Coast Guard - Drogheda Unit
::2010/03/15::
Play Video
37
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter The Sikorsky S-61
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter The Sikorsky S-61
::2013/10/16::
Play Video
38
SAR skills training on location with the Irish Coast Guard.wmv
SAR skills training on location with the Irish Coast Guard.wmv
::2012/03/26::
Play Video
39
Irish Coast Guard helicopter in the Comeragh Mountains ,Sikorsky S92
Irish Coast Guard helicopter in the Comeragh Mountains ,Sikorsky S92
::2013/11/14::
Play Video
40
Irish Coast Guard • Lift Off •, New Sikorsky S92 Helicopter - Galway Pad
Irish Coast Guard • Lift Off •, New Sikorsky S92 Helicopter - Galway Pad
::2013/07/20::
Play Video
41
Irish coast guard helicopter in enniskillen
Irish coast guard helicopter in enniskillen
::2012/06/02::
Play Video
42
Irish Coast Guard SAR Sikorsky 61N
Irish Coast Guard SAR Sikorsky 61N
::2007/02/19::
Play Video
43
Irish Coast Guard - Porpoise Stranding. Howth Unit.
Irish Coast Guard - Porpoise Stranding. Howth Unit.
::2013/06/04::
Play Video
44
Howth lifeboat exercise with Irish coast guard hel
Howth lifeboat exercise with Irish coast guard hel
::2014/10/03::
Play Video
45
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Flight over the Snowy South East (Ireland)
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Flight over the Snowy South East (Ireland)
::2014/10/12::
Play Video
46
Irish Search and Rescue/Coast Guard Sikorsky s-92 EI-ICR Emergency Operation!!(HD)
Irish Search and Rescue/Coast Guard Sikorsky s-92 EI-ICR Emergency Operation!!(HD)
::2014/05/24::
Play Video
47
Irish coast guard at prehen
Irish coast guard at prehen
::2014/05/07::
Play Video
48
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Patient Transfer
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Patient Transfer
::2014/05/05::
Play Video
49
Sikorsky S-92 - Irish Coast Guard
Sikorsky S-92 - Irish Coast Guard
::2014/03/15::
Play Video
50
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter - Sikorsky S-92
Irish Coast Guard Helicopter - Sikorsky S-92
::2014/12/16::
NEXT >>
RESULTS [51 .. 101]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Irish Coast Guard
Garda Cósta na hÉireann
Coast Guard Flag (Ireland).svg
Agency overview
Formed 1822
Jurisdiction Ireland
Headquarters Leeson Lane, Dublin 2
Minister responsible Paschal Donohoe, Department of Transport
Agency executive Chris Reynolds, Director
Website IRCG.ie
An IRCG Sikorsky S-92 (RESCUE118, EI-ICA) in Galway in September 2013

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) (Irish: Garda Cósta na hÉireann) is part of the Department of Transport. The Irish Search and Rescue Region,[1] which includes most of the Republic of Ireland and some parts of Northern Ireland is the area over which the Coast Guard has responsibility.[2] This area is bordered by the UK Search and Rescue Region.

Status and role[edit]

Vehicles and base of the Greystones IRCG unit

Unlike the model used in some other countries, the coast guard in Ireland is not part of the Irish Defence Forces. It does however call on their assistance through the use of its Air Corps and Naval assets. It operates as a Division of the Department of Transport under the Maritime Safety Directorate. Together with the Mercantile Marine Office, the Maritime Safety Directorate comprises two main sections, the Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Division (MSED) and the Marine Survey Office (MSO):

  • The Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Division is responsible for maritime safety, security policy (not armed or national security policy, which is exclusively the responsibility of the Department of Defence) legislation (including leisure safety), aids to navigation, corporate governance of the Commissioners of Irish Lights and marine environment protection issues.
  • The Marine Survey Office deals with the inspection, survey, certification and licensing of vessels and vessels radio equipment; the examination and certification of seafarers competencies; enforcement of standards by way of audits on organisation and facilities and prosecutions for breaches of regulations. The Marine Survey Office also includes the Marine Radio Affairs Unit (MRAU).

While in some jurisdictions they are the responsibility of the Coast Guard, in Ireland, fisheries patrols are carried out by the Irish Air Corps and Irish Naval Service and drug smuggling patrols by the Irish Air Corps, Customs, Gardaí and the Naval Service. (However, all the above government services can at any time request assistance from each other when needed.) Irish Coast Guard personnel are forbidden from carrying any type of weapons and have no security or defence duties in respect of national police or defence.

The coast guard is however responsible for:

  • Search and Rescue
  • Marine communications network
  • Marine safety awareness
  • Pollution and salvage response in the marine environment (the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) in Dublin coordinates all pollution & salvage control in the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).)

Note that not all Irish Coast Guards have enforcement powers – only some officers under warrant.

History[edit]

The coast guard was first formed in Ireland in 1822, while the island was a constituent part of the United Kingdom. During this period it played revenue protection and coastal defence roles, as well as forming part of the naval reserve. In 1923, following the formation of the Irish Free State, the Coast Lifesaving Service (CLSS) was established. This was later renamed the Coast and Cliff Rescue Service (CCRS), before becoming known as the Irish Marine Emergency Service (IMES) in 1991, and finally being renamed as the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) in 2000.

The Irish Coast Guard and Blacksod Lighthouse were commemorated on the 70th anniversary of D-Day (the allied invasion of Normandy). Irish Coast Guardsman and lighthouse keeper Ted Sweeney was credited with ensuring the success of the invasion.[3] His weather report from the Coast Guard station convinced General Dwight D Eisenhower to delay the D-Day invasion for 24 hours.[4] In spite of observations taken at various locations by Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and United States Army Air Force meteorologists, Blacksod's was the first land-based observation station in Europe where weather readings could be professionally taken on the prevailing European Atlantic westerly weather systems. While remaining a neutral government during World War II, Ireland continued to supply weather reports to Britain under an agreement in place since Independence.[5] D-Day was scheduled to commence on June 5, 1944, but Sweeney's report of two cold fronts approaching Ireland in quick succession caused Eisenhower to delay the invasion until June 6, 1944 when weather conditions were more favorable.[6]

Equipment[edit]

EI-ICG (RESCUE115) at UCH Galway on 1 July 2012 after its first SAROP/RESCUE
RESCUE118, EI-ICA, Sikorsky S92, Irish Coast Guard, at UCH Galway, 24 September 2013

The IRCG operate a number of contracted Sikorsky Search and Rescue helicopters from bases in Dublin (RESCUE116), Waterford (RESCUE117), Shannon (RESCUE115) and Sligo (RESCUE118).

IRCG helicopters are all contracted from CHC Helicopter and include two types of Sikorsky aircraft. This contract remains controversial[citation needed] and costs the state €50 million per year.[7] A similar SAR contract involving CHC was cancelled in the UK in 2012 as a result of alleged 'irregularities'.[8]

Under the €500 million contract from 2010, the previous fleet of Sikorsky S-61N helicopters were replaced with five newer Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.[9][7] One of the new S-92 helicopters is located at each of the four IRCG bases, with one spare replacement aircraft being rotated between bases[10] (but focused at either Shannon or Waterford as these hangars are large enough to house two Sikorsky S-92 aircraft).[citation needed]

The first operational S-92 helicopter was delivered to the Irish Coast Guard in January 2012 and given the registration EI-ICG.[11] After a period of training and pilot conversion (from the S-61N type), this helicopter was given call-sign "RESCUE115" and replaced the S-61N that was previously based at Shannon.[12] EI-ICG carried out its first SAROP/RESCUE on its first operational day in July 2012, when it brought a casualty to University College Hospital Galway.[citation needed]

The five S-92's have registrations EI-ICG, EI-ICU, EI-ICA, EI-ICR, EI-ICD – with the last letter of each registration spelling out "GUARD".[13] As of October 2013, all the S-92s are in Ireland, with EI-ICU operating as the duty helicopter at Sligo as "RESCUE118",[14] EI-ICR in Waterford as "RESCUE117",[15][16] EI-ICD "RESCUE115" based at Shannon,[15][16] and EI-ICA and EI-ICG operating in Dublin (possibly for conversion training[citation needed]).

While EI-ICG was delivered as "factory new" from Sikorsky in the US,[10] the other S-92 aircraft are ex-UK Coastguard equipment.[13] As of July 2013, the final S-92 aircraft, with registration EI-ICD, was reportedly undergoing repainting and fitting at Shannon. However as of October 2013 two of the S-92 aircraft (EI-ICD and EI-ICU) remain in the "retro" livery of the UK Coastguard – but sporting their Irish registrations.[citation needed]

The IRCG also operate a number of rescue boats and rigid inflatable boats from coastal stations around Ireland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Irish Search and Rescue Region - Map of Region". Department of Transport. 12 December 2006. 
  2. ^ The Marine Search and Rescue Region, Department of Transport. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ McCabe, Joe (1 June 2014). "How Blacksod lighthouse changed the course of the Second World War A weather forecast from a station in Co Mayo saved the D-Day invasion from potential disaster". Irish Independent (Irish Independent). Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Eisenhower, Dwight D. "D-Day Mem to General Marshall". National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Walsh, Jane (2 June 2014). "How weather forecast from Mayo lighthouse saved D-Day invasion". Irish Central (Irish Centralm LLC). Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ McCarthy, Dan (6 June 2014). "The Irishman who gave the D-Day go-ahead". Irish Examiner (Irish Examiner Ltd,). Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Lorna Siggins (17 June 2013). "Irish Coast Guard search and rescue fleet renewal extended". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Angus Stickler (8 June 2012). "Corporate Watch - Search and rescue helicopter contracts awarded despite police probe". The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  9. ^ "New Irish Search and Rescue Contract Signed". 20 September 2010. CHC Helicopter. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "New Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters arrive into Shannon". The Clare Herald. 13 June 2013. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Department of Transport Press Release – Irish Coast Guard Takes New Sikorsky S-92 On Board". Department of Transport. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  12. ^ Greg Harkin (14 August 2013). "Woman pilots make Coast Guard history". Independent.ie. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "CHC celebrates delivery of new IRCG helicopter but loses part of its UK contract". Flying in Ireland Magazine. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sligo Airport - Search & Rescue - Irish Coast Guard". Sligo Airport Website. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "All female Search and Rescue Helicopter crew". Southern Star. August 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter Service - New Arrival to the Fleet". Munster Fire and Rescue. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Wikipedia content is licensed under the GFDL License
Powered by YouTube
MASHPEDIA
LEGAL
  • Mashpedia © 2014