Voluntary Rescue Teams Information

Coast Guard Units

Irish Coast Guard Units are crewed by 950 male and female volunteers.

Coast Guard Units and their Stationhouses (sometimes known locally as 'The Rocket House'  from using the old Breeches Buoy rescue rockets)  are positioned at strategic locations around Ireland and possess initial action fast response equipment with adequate geographical range. This kit includes radio communications systems, cliff rescue gear, rescue, patrol, transport and search boats, response vehicles, line throwing apparatus, first aid equipment, personal protective equipment, uniforms, portable generators and lights and day and night search gear.

All Units are operated entirely by local crews (live within 10 minutes of the Stationhouse) who give freely of their valuable time and effort to the Coast Guard, local community and 'those in peril on the sea, cliffs and coasts of Ireland'. Training is provided for the volunteers, who are on-call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A building programme to upgrade the Units' station houses is on-going.

Coast Guard Units

First day of transition to uniform for IMES, Dublin Castle, December 1997