Official vehicles used by Lough Neagh Rescue have been permitted to use flashing emergency lights, following a change in legislation.

The Justice Minister, David Ford, said the group’s own vehicles would now be treated as a rescue service under police direction.

This has now been confirmed to us today by the PSNI, and marks a major step forward and recognition of the valuable contribution Voluntary Emergency Responders make on behalf of the community. This is a significant event, driven by NISAR (Northern Ireland Search & Rescue) of which LNR is a major partner.