International Rescue Corps

Following the Italian Earthquake in 1981 a group of Scottish emergency service personnel decided to join together to form a search and rescue organisation which could be called upon at a moments notice to help find people missing during such a disaster.The group asked for the help of Jerry Anderson as they wanted to be called International Rescue Corps but did not want to infringe any copyright linked to the Thunderbirds series. Jerry Anderson agreed to become involved and indeed became the Corps first president.

International Rescue Corps was now formed and became operational in 1985 with its first mission being an earthquake in Mexico.

Today the IRC has been going an incredible 27 years and has been to over 35 different missions helping people in Earthquakes, floods, mudslides, hurricanes and humanitarian aid work abroad as well as a gas explosion, missing people searches and floods in the UK. We were also put on standby for the London bombings. Our most recent long term overseas mission was to the Earthquake in Pakistan (Oct 05), though we have been on standby for various other problems worldwide since then, including the China Earthquake in May where a team of 10 Search and Rescue specialists were sent out to Hong Kong, but were unable to get any further.

The International Rescue Corps is an independent (i.e non-governmental funded) United Nations Registered disaster rescue service with an accredited Open College qualification in Urban Search and Rescue. Being a registered charity (SCO38213 in Scotland and 283031 in England & Wales) the IRC is supported entirely by donations from the public and sponsorship from Industry. Our current Patron is Sir Richard Branson and our current President is the Rt.Hon.The Lord Selkirk of Douglas. All IRC members are unpaid volunteers and all our services are provided free of charge, our aim is purely to save life. This is where you can help by taking part in a sponsored skydive in aid of the IRC.

By pledging to do a sponsored parachute jump you can raise money for International Rescue Corps and have the experience of a lifetime. Jumping from a perfectly serviceable aeroplane takes a good deal of courage. Just ask your friends, family and work colleagues how much they are prepared to pay not to jump out of an aircraft, and put that money to the cause.

Book your jump and start fundraising now!