Thanks to more than $2 million in search and rescue funding that was included in the Governor’s budget last year, and appropriated by the legislature, many swift water rescue teams across the state received new equipment this week to enhance response capacity or replace old, aging equipment.

“It’s important that North Carolina remain ready for future storms and this vital equipment will give emergency response professionals more of the tools they need to keep families safe,” said Governor Cooper.

“This is significant for our water rescue teams, because for many years we relied on limited grants to fund our search and rescue program,” said North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “These new boats, motors and equipment will help make sure our water rescue teams are ready to respond anywhere floods happen.”

About $1.4 million was spent on new water rescue equipment, including 46 inflatable swift water rescue boats, 62 motors and accessories to support the teams, including fuel tanks, life jackets, dry suits, paddles and other gear to maintain the boats and motors.

Twenty-six state-sponsored water rescue teams from across North Carolina received gear this week including:

Apex Fire Department
Asheville Fire Department
Alexander County Rescue Squad
Blowing Rock Fire Department
Brunswick County Emergency Services
Burke County Emergency Services
Buncombe County Emergency Services
Cary Fire Department
Charlotte Fire Department
Cherokee Fire Department
Davie County Rescue Squad
Greensboro Fire Department
Fayetteville Fire Department
Greenville/New Bern Fire Departments
Henderson County Emergency Services
Lewisville Fire Department
Lincoln County Emergency Services
Lumberton Rescue
Mooresville Fire Department
New Hanover County Fire Department
Onslow County Emergency Services
Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Fire Departments
Rocky Mount Fire Department
Rockingham County Emergency Services
South Orange Rescue Squad
Winston-Salem Fire Department

More information on North Carolina’s water rescue program is available here:

Photos and video from this week’s equipment distribution in Greensboro are available here: