Justice Minister, David Ford has allocated funding of over £90,000 for voluntary groups providing search and rescue services.
This will assist all nine voluntary groups within the Northern Ireland Practitioners Group to continue their vital work.
David Ford said: “In recent months, I have visited many of these groups and have been hugely impressed by their professionalism and proficiency as they undertake their life-saving role. The devotion and commitment by team members is evident through the 365 days a year service they provide in close partnership with the statutory agencies.
“I am pleased to confirm that, despite current financial pressures, my Department will maintain the level of funding provided last year. This is nearly double the grant which was paid in 2014 before the Department of Justice took responsibility.
“While this funding will go some way to assist groups to carry out their important work, they can only survive with voluntary contributions. I would encourage the community to continue to support these groups with their local fundraising activities.”