First responders groups across the Shannonside counties have been allocated a total of just over €133,000 under the latest round of CLÁR funding.
The fund supports rural areas of Ireland that have suffered the greatest level of population decline and these latest funds come under the First Response Support Measure of the scheme.
Seven groups across the region will benefit from the money with the largest grant this time out being approved for the Leitrim Sub Aqua Search and Recovery Unit which will get €50,000 towards the cost of a new jeep and a storage unit for compressed air.
Gerry Gilroy from the club says they will still need to raise around €9,000 locally for the unit but they are very happy to have secured this boost.
Other groups which have been given grant aid locally include the Roscommon Civil Defence which is getting just over €25,000 for a new van, and Lough Ree Sub Aqua gets just over €4,000 for a new trailer.
The Order of Malta in Leitrim is getting €8,000 to replace and upgrade equipment while cardiac responders groups in Leitrim and Roscommon are getting €10,000 and €11,000 respectively for new equipment.
Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue which had thousands of euro worth of equipment stolen from its base earlier this year is to get almost €25,000.