Construction of a new hanger and operations base at Dublin Airport by CHC Ireland, the company which provides search and rescue services for the Irish Coast Guard, is to begin in this month with works to be completed mid-2018.
CHC Ireland has secured planning permission for the new development at Dublin Airport after being awarded a Government contract worth €500m for the project. In 2012, CHC were awarded a ten-year contract to provide the Search and Rescue SAR service to the Irish Coast Guard IRCG.
The works will involve the demolition of a temporary 596sq m hangar and an office building and be replaced with a 2,000sq m hangar complex that will include the new operations control unit.
CHC provide the SAR service in Ireland with five Sikorsky S92a Rescue helicopters to its bases in Dublin, Sligo, Shannon and Waterford. The fifth helicopter is a replacement helicopter which is used during repair and maintenance of another.
The IRCG SAR Service completed 886 missions last year. The service covers the Atlantic to the west of Ireland and the Celtic Sea, to a range of 200 nautical miles (370km) and frequently assists in missions to cliffs, mountains and inland waterways and even in pollution control.
Sixty-one patient transfers from offshore islands and transfers of nine patients to the UK for emergency procedures mainly relating to organ transplant were also carried out last year.
The Government awarded CHC Ireland a 10-year, €500m contract to operate the life-saving service in 2012. The Air Corps had traditionally provided Ireland’s search and rescue capability