by Ian in Media
Four team members attended the unveiling and welcoming of the new Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 Helicopter yesterday. The event took place at the SAR base in Shannon where this, the first of five S92 helicopters will be based. The helicopter is due to go into full service in July with crews in familiarisation training in the interim.
The S92 replaces the S61N which has completed 50 years of service, 21 of those for the Irish Coast Guard. The S92 is expected to serve for a similar period of time.
by Ian in General/Notices
The Doolin Coast Guard team has launched a new custom GIS system (Geographic Information System) . It has been developed in-house over the past three years and builds on the team’s existing GPS tracking system. It will enable team members to access advanced geospatial information on the move and improve the team’s overall efficiency. Instantly accessible by mobile devices and laptops/desktops, the system allows the lookup of location and informational data, including place names of Clare, local place names, caves, surfing spots, members/vehicle locations etc. It will also aid in incident planning as it contains information such as radio reception blackspots, access routes and helicopter landing sites. It can also route members to an incident.
Two key features are its ability to track team members, vehicles and vessels during an incident and it allows team members to add new information into the system either through mobile devices or on a team GIS website which will ensure constant development and improvement.
The hardware comprises of a backend server, mobile devices such as phones, tablets, dedicated tracking devices and also laptops/desktops.
The team’s new tablets ensure every team member has access to the GIS system, collaborative documents and online team management software.
Thanks to logainm.ie and Fiontar at Dublin City University for the use of their Co Clare place name data and the continued support of the local community.
by Caitriona in General/Notices
Doolin Coast Guard Unit are recruiting new members. Are you interested in joining our team ?
Volunteer positions are open to suitable men and women. Candidates must live in the local area, be over eighteen and be available at short notice for callouts.
For online application form , click HERE or Phone 087 7529603
by Caitriona in Training
11 members of Doolin Coast Guard Unit travelled to Cork at the weekend to do the RIB Capsize course at the National Maritime College in Haulbowline . Team members refreshed some sea survival techniques and went through the RIB capsize drill/course in the sea survival pool. 3 members at a time went on board the RIB and practiced the capsize and re- righting tecniques.
by Caitriona in Callouts
Doolin Coast Guard was tasked to assist Ennistymon Gardaí and Ennistymon Fire and Rescue Service at the Northern end of Lahinch Beach. A member of the public had reported having seen what he believed to be a suspicious device on the beach to Gardaí . Doolin Coast Guard Unit members went to the area , the Ennistymon Fire and Rescue Service were on scene and had cordoned off the beach at both ends. The Army Bomb Disposal Unit travelled from Cork and examined the cylinder. The Doolin Coast Guard quad bike was used to transport some army equipment and lighting to the site. A short time later, they performed a controlled explosion and made the cylinder safe. It was then taken back to the Army Base in Cork to be disposed of.
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