Habitual Tasks Of IRCG Units


  • Rescue of persons stranded on the coast, sea cliffs or cut off by tide;
  • Coastal search and surveillance;
  • Preventative Search and Rescue -SAR- (through foot, vehicle and boat patrols, and specially targeted preventative initiatives;
  • Assistance to other Government Departments/Agencies;
  • Assistance to other Emergency Services in the form of communications, transport and trained manpower in the event of major threats to public safety.
  • On scene presence and co-ordination when required by the rescue centre;
  • Reporting and arranging the safeguarding of hazardous objects
  • Public Safety Operations/Assistance to civil authorities, e.g. Counter pollution activities, flood relief, searches in remote areas, etc.;
  • Assistance at PR events;
  • Manning of remote aerial sites and local VHF communications;
  • Service to the local community.

All IRCG Coastal Volunteer Units aim to make an Initial Response to a call for assistance and reach any part of their area within 60 minutes.  There are locally identified areas where because of the remoteness and inaccessibility it is recognised that this may not always be possible. If the circumstances require extra manpower, or additional or specialised coast rescue equipment, then additional neighbouring IRCG or declared resource Rescue Teams are tasked to provide back up.