The Department of Justice has awarded funding of over £84,000 to nine voluntary search and rescue groups in Northern Ireland. The support package includes a contribution of £41,000 from the Department for Communities.
Department of Justice Permanent Secretary Nick Perry said: “This latest funding award provides direct support to the hundreds of volunteers who tirelessly work to help keep our communities safe.
“Supporting the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, volunteers provide 24 hour front line support to answer the calls of those in need. While funding supports the purchase of much needed lifesaving equipment, the volunteers take with them our admiration and thanks.”
Nine voluntary groups applied for funding and all will receive support. Both Community Rescue Service and The North West Mountain Rescue Team are set to receive £16,000 each. Mourne Mountain Rescue Team will receive £14,000 and Irish Cave Rescue Organisation will benefit from a £10,000 award.
Lagan Search and Rescue, Lough Neagh Rescue, Foyle Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland North and Skywatch Civil Air Patrol share awards totalling £28,400.
When considering applications for funding the department prioritised requests which would impact on front line services and would have the greatest benefit for the public.
Community Rescue Service: £16,000
Mourne Mountain Rescue Team: £14,000
North West Mountain Rescue Team: £16,000
Irish Cave Rescue Organisation: £10,000
Lagan Search and Rescue: £8,000
Lough Neagh Rescue: £2,400
Foyle Search and Rescue: £ 6,000
Search and Rescue Dog Association NI: £7,000
Skywatch Civil Air Patrol: £5,000