Minister Denis Naughten is pleased to confirm that over €42,000 has been allocated by Government for vital life-saving equipment for first responders and voluntary groups in County Roscommon under the CLÁR programme.
“Roscommon Civil Defence, which is one of the most active units in the country, has received €25,778 to support volunteer members in their work as they continue to provide a valuable service to the county.
“Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue Unit has been allocated almost €5,000 to purchase a much needed new trailer which is very welcome, while €11,000 has been allocated for investing in defibrillators to local first responders and community groups.
“Defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation so this funding is hugely significant and will help to ensure defibrillators are in every school, community hall, sports clubs and church and ultimately within easy reach in an emergency so lives can be saved. Today’s funding allocation is vital and recognises the enormous service that emergency first responder volunteers provide for us in our county and in our communities. We owe all of them a great debt of gratitude,” stated Minister Naughten.