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Launch of new terms to deal with Offshore Firefighting Response in the North Irish Sea 10 July 2006

Search & Rescue LogoAn agreement has recently been signed between UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, IOM Coastguard and IOM Fire and Rescue Service to extend the area of response of the newly commissioned Maritime Incident Response Group Fire Fighting Teams to include Manx Waters.

These teams have been formed to provide a better standard of coverage around the British Isles from Fire Services who have ready access to helicopter transportation and who can provide a team of 50 Fire Fighters to be on call 24 hours a day in teams of 10 to be flown out to a vessel when necessary.

The team providing coverage in the North Irish Sea – including Manx Waters – is based in North Wales and has access to helicopters provided by the RAF.

When operating in Manx Waters these teams come under the overall authority of Manx Authorities but remain under their own command and control structures.

The agreement was signed recently in Douglas in a ceremony attended by Hon Mr John Shimmin MHK, Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Richard Corkill, MHK Department of Transport member with responsibility for Harbours Division and IOM Coastguard, Mr Quintin Gill, MHK Department of Home Affairs member with responsibility for the Fire Service.

Additional Information:

  • An extensive ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ for assistance in maritime emergencies in Manx Waters– including search and rescue support from Liverpool Coastguard - has been in place with the UK for a number of years. IOM Coastguard ensures that a high level of operational liaison is maintained with UK Coastguard to ensure that the Island benefits by the very best emergency provisions available in the area when the need arises.
  • IOM Coastguard is part of the Harbours Division of the Department of Transport.
  • Liverpool Coastguard is part of the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
  • The cost of deploying the Fire Fighting team will be recovered from the shipping company operating the vessel.
Isle of Man Coastguard
Head Office
Crown Street
East Quay
Peel IM5 1AJ
Tel 844740 or Fax 843791

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