Minister Shane Ross Transport Minister Shane Ross pictured in the cockpit of the rescue helicopter with Captain Ed Shivnen at the launch of the new CHC facility. (Pic: Keith Arkins)

The recent opening of the CHC Helicopters’ new search and rescue facility at Dublin Airport included a base and aircraft tour, a winching display and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the ceremony by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD

Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC commented: “CHC has been providing search and rescue helicopter services in Ireland for nearly 20 years, and the opening of our new facility marks an important milestone for search and rescue (SAR) and CHC in Ireland.”

“The improvements that have been made to the base will give our crews access to the best possible facilities to ensure that they can continue to deliver their vital, life-saving work. The size and scale of this new state-of-the-art facility – which includes additional office space, enhanced living accommodations and a new, modern hangar for engineering – reflects our continued commitment to providing SAR to the people of Ireland.”

Minister Ross acknowledged the outstanding work of the Coast Guard and the particular contribution of CHC staff in providing a 24/7 365 SAR helicopter service in Ireland. “This new facility at Dublin Airport is testimony to CHC’s commitment to delivering the best possible service for the Coast Guard and ultimately the people who count on that service here in Ireland. The entire team at CHC – from support staff, engineers, rear crew and pilots – deserve our thanks and should be proud of their continued contribution to delivering this vital service”.

CHC Ireland’s General Operations Manager Pat Pearse explained: “We are extremely proud to fly upwards of 1,000 search-and-rescue missions each year in Ireland that helps save hundreds of people. Our crews are dedicated to ensuring that anyone who finds themselves in a position where air rescue is needed has a chance of survival. Enhancements to the base will enable the team to continue to deliver a world class service.”