Friday, 17 May 2013


JSAR 2013 17th-19th of May

General JSAR information:

Coast Guard Volunteers from the four corners of Ireland have converged in the last 7 years for a training exercise with a difference! Dingle Coast Guard Unit, is the base for the 2013 Joint Search and Rescue (JSAR) games which involve members of the Northern Ireland Coastguard and the Irish Coast Guard. Now in its eights 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 teams 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. The theme of the event, “ Tom Crean the Antartic Explorer “ was chosen as our Station is based on the Dingle Peninsula where Tom Crean resided in nearby Annascaul.

Best of Luck to the West Sector Team..

Handing over the JSAR Flag at Dingle Coast Guard Station 17th May 2013