Foyle Search and Rescue staff and volunteers have welcomed a £25,444 grant for life-saving new equipment.
The funding announcement was made in England on Thursday as part of a £5m roll out of government funds by UK Shipping Minister John Hayes.
Adrian Boyd, Deputy Chairman at Foyle Search and Rescue said at the charity’s base in Prehen: “It’s a brilliant investment for us and it gives us now the capability to enhance the quick response team, and that covers not just the Derry area but all over Northern Ireland.
“What we are doing is we are investing in what’s called a swift boat which will help us in small rivers and also help us upstream as well in the Foyle.
“We are investing in three rafts and all the kit that goes along with that for flood response, which means anywhere hit by flooding, we can task our swift water team who will take up the flood response gear, the rafts, life jackets, which will save lives. “
The good news was delivered yesterday by the head of the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure’s (DCAL) north west office, Joanne McConway.
Speaking at the charity’s Prehen base, Ms McConway said: “DCAL made a commitment after 2013 that we would have a focus on the North West, just because there are so many organisations like Foyle Search and Rescue who have such a great volunteering ethic, to help them access funding and it is really good to see that here today with the purchase of new equipment.”