Sunday, 8 May 2011

Joint Search & Rescue Games 2011

Valentia B Team win The Captain Kirwan Cub for the fourth year in a row and Valentia A team win the the JSAR Shield

Valentia Team Captain Jim Enright from the Ballybunnion Unit.
B Team Owen Davy Rossaveel Unit Christy Carey, Chris O'Gorman and Geoff Carey Killaloe Unit
A Team Seamus O'Flaherty Eddie O'Loughlin Costelloe Bay Unit, Eoin Keane Doolin Unit and Jason Carey Killaloe Unit.  

All Coast Guard Volunteers from all over Ireland have converged this past 5 years for a training exercise

with a difference! Lough Erne Coast Guard Station, based on the shores of Lough Erne at The Share Holiday Village,Smith’s Strand Newbridge Road Lisnaskea Co Fermanagh was the base for the 2011 Joint Search and Rescue (JSAR) games which involve members of HM Coastguard and the Irish Coast Guard.

Now in its sixth year, the event aims to increase the professionalism of all participants and to enhance co-operation between both Services' through friendly competition. Twelve team members from each division (Malin, Valentia, Dublin and Northern Ireland) compete in the events.

Each of the four-person teams are either competing on behalf of their division, or are part of an inter-divisional (North-South) team, trying to secure one of the four awards up for grabs at this year's games. There will be two teams per Division (e.g. Valentia A and Valentia B, made up of four people from that Division) and 4 mixed team with one person from each Division making up the teams.

During the competitions the 48 competitors, will be faced with a range of emergency situations which they may encounter throughout their service and some with a more light hearted twist on team work and communications. These competitions will test the skills they use in their emergency service roles. These will include leadership; search planning; chart work; communications; compass work, first aid, helicopter landing procedures and rope work.

The Captain Kirwan Cup will be awarded to the best overall team; the JSAR Shield will be presented to the best divisional team; the Canadian Award will be presented to the best inter-divisional team and the fourth award, a silver cup, will be awarded to the competitor who has exhibited the best leadership skills.