Coast Guard Committees

 

Inter-Departmental Groups – Irish Coast Guard Involvement

Title of Group

Marine Surveillance Committee & Working Group (MarSur)

(MarSur) Terms of Reference 

Lead Department

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Who represents us

Maurice Mullen,  Assistant  Secretary General,  Chair of Steering Group

Gerry Smullen, Assistant Director IRCG, Chair of Working Group

Purpose of Group

An interdepartmental Assistant Secretaries’ Working Group is considering options on development of a National Integrated Picture on Maritime Surveillance (MarSur) in conjunction with EU proposals to develop a Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU Maritime Domain.

 A MarSur Committee set up and chaired by DTTAS is coordinating the development of a position paper to address this requirement. The overarching aim is to develop a maritime information sharing and exchange system that will increase the effectiveness and cost efficiencies of Irish authorities involved in maritime surveillance, in order to contribute to sustainable and integrated development.

DTTAS also set up a MarSur Working Group to collate background material concerning stakeholder views, technical and legal issues. A key task will be to determine a format for data sharing agreements consistent with legal constraints and overall national requirements. The technical challenge will be to identify the most suitable platform for data exchange. This will include evaluation of the appropriateness of a single system versus a ‘system of systems’ approach.  The system architecture required for such options is currently under discussion.

Is it ongoing or to deliver a specific outcome

To develop maritime information sharing and exchange system that will increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of Irish authorities involved in maritime surveillance.

Who does it report to (e.g. Cabinet Committee, specific minister, etc.)

Marine Coordination Group of the Department of An Taoiseach

Brief summary of the bearing it has on our work, including in particular whether it involves us taking on commitments.

Critical to the future work of the Coast Guard in the prevention of major accidents

 

Title of Group

Irish Marine Search & Rescue Committee (IMSARC)

(IMSARC) Terms of Reference

Lead Department

DTTAS

Who represents us

Chris Reynolds, Director IRCG Chair

Eugene Clonan, Chief of Operations IRCG, IRCG Rep

Purpose of Group

To keep under review the general arrangements for marine search and rescue in Ireland, and to make recommendations for any improvements considered necessary.

 

To consider the implications of any intended changes in equipment, deployment or organisation in any arm of the search and rescue organisation in advance of such changes and to take any measures necessary.

 

To consider as necessary liaison with neighbouring search and rescue organisations and any regional search and rescue agreements in which Ireland is a participant.

Who does it report to (e.g. Cabinet Committee, specific Minister, etc.)

DTTAS

Brief summary of the bearing it has on our work, including in particular whether it involves us taking on commitments.

It is a Search and Rescue users and providers forum to keep communication open amongst all stakeholders.

 

Title of Group

Irish Aeronautical Maritime Emergency Advisory Group (IAMEAC)

(IAMEAC) Terms of Reference

Lead Department

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Who represents us

Chris Reynolds, Director IRCG, Chair

Declan Geoghegan, SAR Operations Manager, IRCG Rep

Purpose of Group

To ensure that an appropriately trained and resourced emergency management team, reflecting the Committee members mandates, can assemble as a crisis management committee at the IRCG Marine Emergency Room (MER) during major emergencies to advise the Director and/or the Minister on the appropriate response.

           

(a) Provide a standing national forum for co-ordination of administrative and operational SAR and emergency management matters;

(b) Provide an interface with other national and international organisations involved with the provision of emergency services;

(c) Oversee the National Maritime and Aviation SAR Framework for Ireland, and develop and maintain a national SAR Manual(s);

(d) Promote effective use of all available facilities for SAR;

(e) Serve as a co-operative forum to exchange information and develop positions and policies of interest to more than one Party to the Framework;

(f) Promote close co-operation and co-ordination between civilian and military authorities and organisations for the provision of effective emergency services;

(g) Improve co-operation among aeronautical, maritime and land SAR communities for the provision of effective emergency services; and

(h) Determine other ways to enhance the overall effectiveness and efficiency of SAR services within the State and to standardise SAR procedures and equipment where practicable.

Who does it report to (e.g. Cabinet Committee, specific minister, etc.) 

             DTTAS

 

Title of Group

Marine Safety Working Group (MSWG)

(MSWG) Aims and Objectives

Lead Department

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Who represents us

Declan Geoghegan, SAR Operations Manager

Ger Hegarty, Divisional Controller Dublin

Purpose of Group

To use its collective expertise and experience to create and communicate marine safety information and messages to endeavour to reduce accidents and to prevent the loss of life in Irish Waters.

Who does it report to (e.g. Cabinet Committee, specific minister, etc.)

Director IRCG

Brief summary of the bearing it has on our work, including in particular whether it involves us taking on commitments.

Promote safety on the water, staging Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstrations, poster campaigns, and media coverage of water safety.

 

Title of Group

Community Rescue Boat Ireland Station Representatives and Advisory Group (CRBI Advisory Group)

Lead Department

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Who represents us

Gerard O’Flynn, VS&T Operations Manager, Chair

Purpose of Group

A formal group put in place in 1990 to give advice and assistance to Community Inshore Rescue Services nationwide. The group is chaired by the Chief of Operations of the IRCG. The other members of the group are representatives of Irish Water Safety (IWS) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).    

Who does it report to (e.g. Cabinet Committee, specific minister, etc.)

Director

Brief summary of the bearing it has on our work, including in particular whether it involves us taking on commitments.

Any Community may consider establishing an Inshore Rescue Service in their locality, having considered the general principles and requirements concerning the administration of a station, and the operational benefits (i.e.  topography, launch area, additional procedures to be in place or specific equipment to meet the particular demands in providing a rescue service and ensuring the safety of the crew in fulfilling the task for which established).  It is the responsibility of the IRCG to recognise a particular service as a “Declared Facility” of the Irish SAR Organisation.  

The IRCG administers and provides grants to approved  members to cover day to day expenses (current) and purchase of infrastructure (capital) that will increase the effectiveness of the  service in support of IRCG responsibilities, provide an operational and/or administrative quality improvement and improve the overall national response structure.

 

Title of Group

National Co-ordinating Committee for Mountain & Cave Rescue (NCCMCR)

Lead Department

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Who represents us

Gerard O’Flynn, VS&T Operations Manager, Chair

Purpose of Group

The IRCG took over responsibility for the NCCMCR in mid-2002, for co-ordinating mountain and remote area rescue.

The NCCMCR introduces measures to increase the effectiveness of the voluntary rescue service, and provide an operational and administrative quality improvement.

Meetings are attended by the Air Corps, Irish Mountain Rescue Association (IMRA), Department of Justice & Equality, Department of Defence, An Garda Siochana, and Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO).

Funding is provided through the IRCG to the voluntary rescue services.

Who does it report to (e.g. Cabinet Committee, specific minister, etc.)

Director

Brief summary of the bearing it has on our work, including in particular whether it involves us taking on commitments.

Funding for the Mountain and Cave Rescue Grant Scheme is  administered by the IRCG, to 8 Mountain Rescue Teams (MRT) around the country, IMRA, ICRO, Search & Rescue Dog Association (SARDA), and Tramore Cliff Rescue.

Irish (Maritime) Emergency Management Committees

 

Irish Maritime Emergency Management Framework