The Callout list:
Is an annual publication of the names, addresses and telephone numbers
of active cavers in Ireland who will assist in rescues. It also contains other
information, including details of callout procedures, rendezvous points and
Rescue Wardens. It is circulated to all known active cavers, police, government
bodies, outdoor centres and to others on request from the secretary. Updates
to the callout list should be
e-mailed to [email protected]
There are normally about 15 wardens. These are experienced cavers familiar
with cave rescue techniques and procedures. They have detailed knowledge of
the caves in their area and are readily contactable by phone. At the request
of the Gardai or Northern Ireland police, they take responsibility for the
control of callouts and the management of rescues. In addition, they assist
in training and the management of rescue stores.
ICRO is administered by a committee elected annually at its Annual General
Meeting and consisting of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Equipment Officer
and a number of committee members. It takes responsibility for fund raising,
purchase of equipment, preparation of the callout list, organising training
and general administration.
Liaison with other bodies:
A) Republic of Ireland - ICRO has representatives
on the National Co-ordinating Committee for Mountain and Cave Rescue (NCCMCR)
which is run by the Department of the Environment. the NCCMCR co-ordinates
those bodies involved in mountain and cave rescue in the Republic of Ireland
viz. the Garda, the various rescue teams, the department itself and other
bodies as required. In addition, it provides a substantial grant towards training
and rescue equipment held in ICRO stores in Clare, Dublin and Cork.
B) Northern Ireland - ICRO has representatives
on the Northern Ireland Mountain Rescue Co-ordinating Committee (NIMRCC) which
serves a similar purpose to the NCCMCR. The NIMRCC with ICRO has established
a rescue store in Florence Court near Enniskillen on County Fermanagh.
C) Britain - ICRO is affiliated to the British
Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) which has representatives from all cave rescue
teams in both Britain and Ireland. Through the council ICRO has access to
training in rescue techniques in Britain, and in extreme circumstances can
call on rescue teams in Britain for specialised rescuers.
D) Spelæological Union of Ireland (SUI)
- ICRO has close links with SUI which represents cavers in all things except
rescue. ICRO has a regular column in the SUI/ICRO Newsletter which serves
to notify cavers of periodic changes in rescue organisation, dangerous caves
etc. Together with SUI, ICRO organises an annual caving symposium, which is
usually held over the October bank holiday weekend (last weekend in October).
Procedures are detailed on the front of the callout list which is circulated
to all active SUI registered cavers. In short however, a rescue may be initiated
by telephoning 999 and asking for cave rescue.