Mountain Rescue Ireland
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Mountain Rescue Ireland (Cumann Tarrthála Sléibhte na h-Éireann) operates the mountain rescue services on an island-wide basis in Ireland under the umbrella name Irish Mountain Rescue Association (IMRA).
Voluntary mountain rescue teams in Ireland are independent charities whose membership consists of highly trained volunteers who are called out by the Garda Síochána in the Republic of Ireland or the coastguard in Northern Ireland.
Teams exist in all the major mountain areas in Ireland. These teams are independent democratic bodies. A federation of the teams form the overall body, Mountain Rescue Ireland, that supports and represents them.
Each team has its own area of responsibility but can deploy outside these areas in support of other teams.
The association teams are also supported by SARDA Ireland, (Search and Rescue Dog Association-Ireland) and the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO).
SARDA Ireland is a voluntary emergency search and rescue organisation concerned with the training, assessment and deployment of search and rescue dogs, to search for missing persons in the mountains, woodlands rural and urban areas including rivers, lakes and seashores, as well as avalanches and demolished buildings.
The Mountain Rescue Teams (MRT) are located in the following areas:
South East of Ireland
Galtee Mountains, the Blackstairs, the Comeraghs, the Knockmealdowns and the Slieve Blooms.
Southern Coastal Cliffs, the Comeraghs, and the Knockmealdowns
Mountainous areas of Counties Cork and Kerry, primarily the peninsulas of Beara, Iveragh and Dingle.
Mountainous areas of counties Galway and Clare.
- Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team
Mountains of Slieve League, Bluestack Mountains, Errigal, Muckish, Derryveagh Mountains and the Inishowen Peninsula.
North West of Ireland
- Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) - awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in June 2008.
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