After nearly two years of negotiations Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service (SCIRS) will soon be assimilated into the Irish Coast Guard becoming a fully subscribed member.
Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service first started operations in 2005. It became fully accredited in 2008 as part of the Community Rescue Boats Ireland, a nationwide group of independent voluntary rescue boats which are trained and administered by Irish Water Safety.
For years they’ve been going strong on the generosity of local people and fundraisers that have kept the lifeboat service afloat. Over the years SCIRS has worked in close co-operation with other Search & Rescue units including the Irish Naval Service, Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, An Garda Síochána and Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter Service
It has now been announced that after two years of negotiations SCIRS will assimilate into the Irish Coast Guard. Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service will soon officially become ‘Schull Coast Guard’.
This will initially be for a probationary period. As a member of the Irish Coast Guard they will no longer operate as a charitable voluntary funded unit and function as a subscribed member unit of the Irish Coast Guard.