Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) is a nationwide emergency organisation and is a division of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.  

The purpose of the IRCG is to establish, promote and enforce safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) has responsibility for our national system of marine emergency management in Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and inland waterways. It is responsible for response to, and coordination of, maritime accidents which require Search & Rescue and Counter Pollution & Salvage operations. It also has responsibility for vessel traffic monitoring.

Operations in respect of maritime security, illegal drug trafficking, illegal migration and fisheries enforcement are coordinated by other bodies within the Irish government.

The Coast Guard delivers its marine emergency response through a mixture of declared resources and craft/services of opportunity. Of the declared services, the Coast Guard directly manages and controls a number of these including 3 Marine rescue coordination centres, 6 medium lift SAR helicopters at 4 bases, 55 Volunteer rescue teams with 1000 volunteers and a national communications, paging and shipping monitoring network. The three co-ordination/communication centres are at MRCC Dublin, MRSC Malin Head and MRSC Valentia for marine emergency management. Operational activities, with Headquarters at Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, are divided into three divisions; Search and Rescue Operations (SAR Ops), Voluntary Services & Training and Pollution & Salvage Ops. An Engineering & Logistics section in Dublin 11 and an Administration section in Leeson Lane augments the operational functions.


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