DfT awards £1m to rescue charities

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it is awarding funding to projects across the UK for rescue equipment and training.

Maritime Minister John Hayes specified that £913,000 will be awarded to water rescue charities around the UK.

The announcement is part of the third round of funding provided under a five year, £5 million scheme, announced as part of the 2014 budget statement.

The grant will support charities running local lifeboat and rescue services, helping those in danger on and around inland and inshore waterways, including during flooding and other incidents.

The money will likely be used to buy new lifeboats and other equipment such as lifejackets and safety gear.

Hayes, commented: “Every day countless volunteers in water rescue charities across our island nation carry out vital work during emergencies, not only around our coasts but also keeping our rivers, lakes and inshore waters safe.

“It is imperative that we value and support their tireless efforts. I am delighted to be able to announce the latest round of funding, ensuring they have the equipment and resources they need to provide their round-the-clock lifesaving services.”

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