The Dingle Coast Guard filmed their own version of the viral #Jerusalema dance challenge, but senior management has since told them they can’t “produce dance videos for social media.”
The Dingle Coast Guard in County Kerry said they decided to make their own #Jerusalem dance video “as an act of solidarity with other frontline services who made the videos” and to donate people “a little much needed elevator”.
The now viral video, shared online by Ciarán Williams, shows members of the Dingle Coast Guard dancing in some of the most scenic locations in southwest Ireland, including Clogher Strand and Slea Head Road.
Dingle’s Coast Guard version of the #Jersualema challenge comes after Irish police An Garda Síochána released her own video dancing to Master KG’s song in response to a Swiss police ‘challenge’.
Indeed, the Coast Guard video of Dingle was well received on social media. Williams’ Facebook post has so far been liked over 2.5,000 times and shared over 1.7,000 times.
“Absolutely fabulous, well done guys !!” one person wrote, while another said “Fantastically well done and great scenery! So talented dancers.” Another reviewer wrote: “Love it. Well done everyone and thank you for all of your service.”
Despite the generally positive reviews, the Irish Coast Guard has since issued a letter advising its members not to participate in such dance challenges.
Radio Kerry reports that Niall Ferns, head of Coast Guard units and support, wrote to all volunteer unit officers on February 8, the day the Coast Guard video of Dingle appeared on YouTube.
According to the Clare Herald, the letter read in part, “There have been several UGC requests to participate in unity dance videos since the weekend. I wish to inform that units are not permitted to assemble personnel to produce dance media videos, or even to assemble for any other reason than for reasons central to the operational objectives of a unit.
“In assessing the risk of maintaining a unit’s operational readiness, controls for severity, likelihood and risk of detection are each assessed. The key to controlling probability risk is the suspension of any activity not considered essential to the operational objectives of a unit. This is captured in our FMECA risk assessment. “
He continued: “When the likelihood of exposure to a hazard is increased, for example during unnecessary gatherings of unit personnel, it increases our likelihood risk rating and weakens our risk mitigation strategy. “
“Our primary focus throughout this pandemic has been to maintain our operational readiness to respond to SAR missions. added.