Coast Guard Units History

Irish Coast Guard Volunteers - A Brief History

The Irish Coast Guard has been in existence in one guise or another since the the 1850s.

In the late eighties, Coast & Cliff Rescue Service (CCRS) evolved into the Irish Marine Emergency Service (IMES) and is now the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG).

The coastal rescue organisation is a service with a strong team spirit which marries full time and volunteer staff.

We are present around the coast with upwards of 800 volunteers in 50 stations. Volunteers are trained to the highest standards and are on call 24/7 all year round.

Our members turn out in all circumstances and in all weathers.

  • Highly trained teams
  • On call 24 hours a day 365 days of the year
  • 50 Search Teams on the Coast
  • 24 Boat Teams