PIRSAC volunteers gets £6000 funding boost

The PIRSAC volunteers at Port William
Photographer - Sheena Severn
The PIRSAC volunteers at Port William Photographer - Sheena Severn

The Department for Transport announced today funding grants to UK volunteer rescue boat services including PIRSAC at Port William who will receive £6,393,61.

PIRSAC director Helen Oxley said: “We have been successful once again in securing funding for life saving equipment. This year our request was for dry suits, undersuits and helmets for our new trainees. This will dramatically boost their confidence and allow them more time to train on the water and avoid having to share equipment with other crew. Pirsac have been successful in securing funding over the past 4 years from Department for Transport.

“Many items to aid and protect crew have been purchased - From tractor to box trailer, dry suits to helmets, torches to radios. These items have helped pirsac achieve its modern and upgraded status which in turn helps the crew carry out lifesaving skills in a better and safer way - raising their confidence and self esteem is only a few reasons why Department for Transport and many other fundings are vital in continuing this valuable service every hour of the day, every day of the year.”

Alister Jack MP for Dumfries and Galloway commented: “Port William Inshore Rescue Service is a fantastic facility that has been saving lives in Dumfries and Galloway since 1979. The grant from the UK Government recognises the incredible work the selfless volunteers do, and I am thrilled that they have been recognised by the Department for Transport.

“The crew are ready to respond 365 days a year and only recently, during Storm Ophelia, they were on patrol in Port William making sure everyone was kept safe. Last year they opened their new building in the village, which includes an excellent café, and I wish the volunteers and crew every success as the service goes from strength to strength.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan added: “This grant is a fitting recognition for the dedicated service of all the members of the Port William Inshore Rescue Service, whose selflessness, skill and bravery has saved lives and helped those in need since 1979.

“The unpaid volunteers are a credit to their communities and I am delighted that this funding will support their continued outstanding work across Luce Bay and Wigtown Bay.”