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Simon Nelson as Honorary Secretary, David Harte as Training Officer, Tony Sheehan as Equipment Officer, Aidan Coughlan as Recruitment Officer and two Deputy Launching Officers, Eddie Pyburn and Liam Arundel became the operational committee. The operational committee and the steering committee then set about two tasks. Firstly recruiting and training of the crew for the boat and secondly fundraising for a boat and equipment.

Recruitment and training of volunteers started immediately with 6 provisional coxswains and 10 crew in training. The training involved First Aid and VHF Training, Power Boat Level 2, and sea survival, with eventual assessment by the Irish Water Safety Association and the Irish Coastguard.

Since its formation Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service has gone from strength to strength. Thanks to the generosity of the local people and the money raised from various events such as the Silent Art Auction in 2006 and the Subaru Forrester Raffle (kindly sponsored by Denis & Mary Ryan Ltd. and Subaru) in 2007 the Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service has built a slipway and boat house, purchased a fully equipped rescue boat (a 6.8 metre Ribcraft  with twin 90HP Suzuki outboard engines) and full safety equipment for the boat and crew (including dry suits, life jackets, flares and self-righting gear for the boat).

Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service would like to thank everybody who has contributed to this wonderful service down the years and hopes for your continued support to keep this much needed service running long into the future.


 

History of the Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service (SCIRS)

In 2005 a steering committee was formed which resulted in a company with charitable status being registered. Following a meeting with an advisor from the Irish Coastguard and according to the guidelines set out by the Irish Water Safety Association a volunteer group comprising of: